Bangladesh Operators Ordered to Stop BlackBerry Services
Published on: 22nd Feb 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
Bangladesh's telecoms regulator has ordered two of the country's mobile networks to stop offering BlackBerry email services.
The BTRC instructed Grameenphone and Airtel to stop the service used by around 6,300 customers as the security services are unable to monitor the encrypted emails sent by the mobile phones.
The mobile networks are reported to have developed alternative services for the affected customers.
The BTRC asked the operators to submit detailed plans in seven days to enable the BlackBerry users to migrate to the alternative solutions.
BlackBerry had been expected to set up a local server to enable the security services to access locally stored messages, but was said to have backed away from the plan.
"We are aware of BTRC's direction to close down BlackBerry services and requested for two weeks time to come up with an alternative solution for the affected customers," Grameenphone said in a statement.