Despite years of campaigning, authorities in Zimbabwe have maintained a ban on the service because the would not be able to police it.
BIS provides the well-known Blackberry Messenger, allowing users to send and receive encrypted messages without the risk of interception.
The Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) says their major concern is that the BIS violates the country’s Interception and Communications Act (2007), which allows the state to intercept and monitor communications in the course of their transmission through a telecommunication, postal or any other related service or system in Zimbabwe.
But since the government first banned BIS, Blackberry’s stock has declined with the company losing its market share to rivals, Google’s Android system and Apple’s iOS.
The Canadian smartphone maker, Blackberry, has since allowed its flagship product BBM to be used on Android and iOS platforms, underlining the company’s decline.
The belated lifting of the ban will be nothing more than a pyrrhic victory for telecommunication companies that have been clamouring for BIS.
Source: The Africa Report