• The Deadline Looms For BlackBerry, Pakistan And BES



    Back on November 30th, BlackBerry announced that they were to pull their support and BES from Pakistan after the Pakistani Government demanded the ability to monitor BES, BBM messages as well as BES e-mail.

    BlackBerry was having none of that. Why? Security is utmost to BlackBerry and Pakistan's unilateral demand was simply an infringement on BlackBerry's customers. BlackBerry made the decision to cease all operations and support inside Pakistan.

    Pakistan's Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had then announced a month extension until December 30th for BlackBerry and the Pakistani government to work out some sort of arrangement.

    According to sources inside Pakistan, BlackBerry has, "somewhat agreed to government conditions." Now, this "news" has not been officially confirmed by BlackBerry and we're taking this "news" with a grain of salt. I find it difficult to believe that BlackBerry would allow full, unfettered access to it's client's dealings and security.

    We at BlackBerryOS.com have sent out inquiries to BlackBerry to get their official word on the matter.

    Update (12/31/2015):

    Marty Beard,Chief Operating Officer at BlackBerry, has provided clarification to BlackBerry's decision to remain in Pakistan via a post on Inside BlackBerry:
    After productive discussions, the Government of Pakistan has rescinded its shutdown order, and BlackBerry has decided to remain in the Pakistan market.


    We are grateful to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and the Pakistani government for accepting BlackBerry’s position that we cannot provide the content of our customers’ BES traffic, nor will we provide access to our BES servers.


    We look forward to serving the Pakistani market for years to come, including introducing new products and services, and thank our valued customers in Pakistan for their patience and loyalty.


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