Blackberry maker Research In Motion (RIM) has announced a series of partnerships with the United Arab Emirates' telecoms regulator just weeks after the state threatened to block Blackberry services.
The company has unveiled plans to launch mobile banking and online payment systems in the Middle East, along with a Blackberry application that will allow Dubai-based users to pay utility bills via smartphones, according to the Financial Times.
Jim Balsillie, co-chief executive of RIM, said, "The enormous popularity of Blackberry Messenger in the Middle East demonstrates the potential for new apps and services in the region."
Back in August when the UAE's Telecommunication Regulatory Authority said it would suspend Blackberry's instant messenger, e-mail and Web browsing services because they could not be monitored and raised national security concerns.
But earlier this month UAE authorities agreed not to go along with the suspension as Blackberry's services had become compliant with the local regulatory framework.