Regulator halts BlackBerry services

21 Feb 2014

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has ordered cellcos GrameenPhone and Airtel Bangladesh to cease providing BlackBerry secure e-mail/messaging/data services, because the country’s security/law agencies are unable to monitor communications on the encrypted system. The operators may have to swap all BlackBerry handsets purchased from them for alternative devices, although a report in the Daily Star reveals that there are a relatively small number of BlackBerry users – around 6,300 – on the two networks (4,664 reportedly on the GrameenPhone network). As per licensing terms and conditions, the government reserves the right to gain access to telecom service providers’ networks when deemed necessary.

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