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RIM UK MD "Sorry" For Blackberry Messenger, Web Services Outage

Canadian mobile phone maker Research In Motion’s UK Managing Director Stephen Bates has taken to the stage at London’s third BlackBerry Innovation Forum with One Mobile Ring's Rob Kerr (opens in new tab) in attendance, to apologise for their network outage that has resulted in intermittent loss of service for two days throughout EMEA.

RIM’s UK MD assured at the beginning of his keynote speech to launch the event, Research In Motion is “working hard around the clock to resolve the issue” whilst stating that this is “not acceptable”.

Bates also mentioned that the “executive team are working on this night and day”, and the “server issues are regarded with high focus,” adding, RIM is “not going to stop until they get to the end of the problem”.

Blackberry users have been hit by yet another day of downtime which affected Blackberry's popular Messenger service. Ironically, this comes ahead of the launch of Apple's iOS 5 which will introduce iMessenger, widely viewed as the missing feature that will allow Apple's iPhone to compete with Blackberry's handsets.

In regards to keeping their customers informed of progress, he went on to note RIM will “continue dialogue through carrier partners”, where they are “doing their best to improve communications, with updates on Twitter and Facebook”.

There are over 70 million BlackBerry users worldwide with 20 petabytes of data going through their network every day – with seven million of those handset users based in the UK.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.