BlackBerry recently rolled out BBM Channels from beta. Consumers and brands can create tumblr-like ‘channels’ to host their content. While BBM Channels was originally working fine in the UAE, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has shut it down.
“In accordance with the internet management policy issued by the TRA to regulate internet content that is not in line with moral, social and cultural values that the UAE stands for, the BBM Channel application is unavailable to du customers until further notice,” the telecom carrier du said yesterday. “We count on the support and understanding of our customers in this regard.”
Customers on carriers Etisalat and du are no longer able to use the BBM Channels service. It’s not apparent at this moment how it will affect the future of the BBM service for those customers.
“I updated the BlackBerry software on my phone and the service worked fine, and there was quickly quite a lot of local Arabic content generated,” said Sameh Ahmed, a Dubai-based pharmaceuticals manager. “Then all of a sudden it stopped working.”