United Arab Emirates telecoms regulatory authority, or TRA, has informed Etisalat that BlackBerry services in the country will be suspended from Oct. 11 until agreement is reached to bring the smartphone into line with U.A.E. telecommunications regulations.
The U.A.E. government last week said Research in Motion Ltd.'s (RIMM) BlackBerry was a potential threat to national security, while an Indian government official said Indian security agencies have raised unspecified concerns about BlackBerry services.
Research in Motion's email-delivery system is one of the chief reasons for its success, but as the company expands internationally its airtight encryption of emails and instant messages is drawing scrutiny from some foreign governments, who want access to this content in the name of national security.