We’ve confirmed from the well placed sources that the Government will not going to suspend Blackberry Enterprise Service (BES) from December 30.
By resolving the access issue through negotiations and discussions between Blackberry and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in their formal contact and agreed to the terms. On government legal matters BES has given its consent to assist the government.
Government stake holders are receiving a circulated proposal and final decision will be taken shortly, as BES is unlikely to suspended in the country.
Earlier Pakistan Government decided to stop the BES due to security concerns as conversation under BES could not be decoded. Now, the monitoring system could not keep check on BES.
Now Blackberry has allowed access to its communication services in many countries. As its legal requirement and government wants to monitor all BES traffic in the country.
There is a disagreement on monitoring between the Indian government and Blackberry. The issue resolved in 2013, only after BlackBerry agreed to some of the demands made by the Indian government’
At the time of issue of statement, BlackBerry stated:
BlackBerry has delivered a solution that enables India’s wireless carriers to address their lawful access requirements for our consumer messaging services, which include BlackBerry Messenger and BlackBerry Internet Service email. The access to BlackBerry services is also allowed in most of the gulf countries including UAE and Saudi Arabia.
In July PTA demanded access to BES, by which encrypt data such as emails and instant messages possibility is there, or by Nov 30 shut it down. PTA also directed the mobile operators to stop offering BES to its customers after Nov 30’ 2015. PTA also directed the mobile operators through a letter to give 90 days notice before closing the services. In the country around 4,500 to 6,000 customers are using BES according to the officials sources.
As too much pressure from Pakistan government BlackBerry announced its exit from Pakistan on November 30, 2015.
However PTA has given a one month extension to BlackBerry for further discussion on how it will allow Pakistani government access to its communication services. After the extension from Pakistani government, BlackBerry stated on its website:
PTA extended one month to BlackBerry for further discussion about the access to its communication services to allow Pakistan government access. As extension given by Pakistan government BlackBerry on its website stated like:
Government of Pakistan has notified BlackBerry that it has extended its shutdown order from November 30 to December 30. BlackBerry will delay its exit from the Pakistan market until then.