Struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry was hit by a new blow in the
In a statement, the Gulf state's second largest carrier du said that it could no longer offer BBM Channels as it did not meet the requirements of the
"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
Launched in late November, BBM Channels is the Canadian manufacturer's social networking extension to its instant messaging application, and will compete with the likes of
The TRA's Internet Management Policy generally prohibits content such as pornography and some voice-over-Internet Protocol services, such as
In a similar statement, incumbent operator Etisalat announced via Twitter that it would also no longer be carrying the service.
"We understand that BBM Channels is not currently available to some BlackBerry customers in the
The TRA did not immediately respond to an emailed request from Arabian Business to elaborate on the matter.
In recent years BlackBerry, once dominant in the corporate sector, has suffered dwindling market share in the face of increased smartphone competition from the likes of Apple's iPhone and devices based on Google's Android software.
On Tuesday the company's stock touched a fresh ten-year low, hitting
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