The United Arab Emirates rescinded a threat to suspend BlackBerry services after resolving a dispute with Canada's Research in Motion, maker of the devices, the state news agency (WAM) said on Friday (Oct. 8).

The UAE had said it would suspend BlackBerry Messenger, e-mail and web browser services on Oct. 11 unless RIM works out a way to locate encrypted servers in the country, so that the government can seek access to e-mail and other data.

"The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has confirmed that Blackberry services are now compliant with the UAE's telecommunications regulatory framework," a statement on WAM said. "Therefore all Blackberry services in the UAE will continue to operate as normal and no suspension of service will occur on October 11, 2010," it said.

However it did not give any details on the agreement.

Saudi Arabia and India also threatened to cut off services but reached an agreement with RIM. A UAE official had said in September the country was optimistic about reaching a deal before the Oct. 11 deadline.

RIM has come under scrutiny from other countries in the region, including Lebanon, Algeria and Kuwait, regarding access to its encrypted network which governments want monitored to avert possible threats to national security.

Before the dispute, information sent to and from BlackBerries had been encrypted and handled by servers outside the UAE.

The UAE had voiced concerns over its inability to access the information through legal means, citing security and sovereignty issues, and had emphasized it was not able to reach a deal since new telecoms regulations took effect three years ago.

WAM and the TRA gave no details on the agreement reached but their statements implied RIM and UAE authorities had reached an in-country technological agreement similar to what the United States and other countries have.