Guess What? Canadian firm Research In Motion has signed a deal with TRA to improve e-government services
Canadian firm, Research In Motion (RIM), has signed a deal with the UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) to improve e-government services, RIM’s Co-CEO Jim Balsillie said on Monday. The chief executive of the company, that makes the BlackBerry smartphones, told delegates at Gitex that the UAE is “an advanced ICT nation” but steered clear of commenting on lifting of the ban threat on BlackBerry services.
Previously TRA said the company’s secure messenger service, which encrypts user data and routes communications through servers outside the country, is a threat to the UAE’s national security. It threatened to shut down BlackBerry services in the UAE on October 11, unless the company found a way to comply with local laws governing electronic communications. Now neither the TRA nor RIM has released details on the agreement that will allow BlackBerry services to continue operating in the UAE, but security experts are speculating that the Canada-based company has a network operations centre (NOC) in the country.