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Saudi Arabia has asked the country's telecom operator to test a proposed fix to the perceived national security threat posed by research in Motion's Blackberry smartphones. Saudi officials said that it would not ban service if the test is successful.
The Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission said it gave the three telecom operators, state-controlled Saudi Telecom, Mobili and Zain Saudi Arabia, 48 hours to test the proposed solutions and fulfill the requested regulatory requirements.
Afterwards, the commission said it would decide whether to allow the service to continue. The Saudi Arabian government threatened to cut off Blackberry's Messenger function to users in the country on Friday, but so far has allowed the service to continue. With about 700,000 Blackberry users, Saudi Arabia is RIM's biggest market in the Middle East.
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