October 11, 2011, 11:40 AM — Some BlackBerry users throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia experienced outages or delays for about 12 hours Monday, and appeared to be experiencing a second outage today, according to Twitter feeds from carriers in the U.K. and Egypt and other reports.
Research in Motion, which sells BlackBerry devices and operates BlackBerry services globally with various wireless carriers, said today that Monday's problem "was resolved and services are operating normally," according to an email from a U.K.-based RIM spokeswoman.
"This is affecting all mobile networks across the EU," TMobile UK tweeted. "BlackBerry are working on this at present."
Referring to the Monday outage, the RIM spokeswoman only said that some BlackBerry subscribers in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Asia) region "experienced delays with BlackBerry services."
She apologized to customers, but didn't say what caused the problem or what services and how many users were affected. In the past, RIM has not explained the cause of any of several brief outages in the past three years.
Computerworld UK , however, reported this morning that the outage affected mostly smaller companies and consumers on the BlackBerry Internet Service. Those BIS customers were unable to access email, BlackBerry Messenger instant messaging and other Web services from about 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, U.K. time, the website said.
Reports indicated a server problem in RIM's Slough, U.K., data center was to blame for the Monday outage, but RIM has not confirmed that information. Many affected users posted concerns on Twitter accounts Monday and today, possibly from devices not affected by the problems.