When BlackBerry 10 was launched in Dubai, it was confirmed that BlackBerry is in negotiations with Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA) and telecom operators to allow BBM voice and video messaging. Jamie Moran, Global Director for Carriers and Retail Marketing at BlackBerry, confirmed this by saying:
“We continue to negotiate with the officials here. I am pretty confident of a positive outcome.” In anticipation of the eventuality of BBM Voice and Video coming to UAE, they are being tested by Du and BlackBerry.
Du being the mobile telecom to provide the BlackBerry services to UAE. “Du and BlackBerry confirmed that they have started to test VoIP and Internet video functions on the BlackBerry 10, and said they expect to launch the service to customers soon,” -From the Wall Street Journal
Unlike in the US it is much more difficult to get a telecommunications feature like this up and running. So Telecom operators are restricting the service due because they are concerned they will lose revenue. They believe most people will use the BBM Voice for International calls, and so the telecom operators might increase the monthly fee for BlackBerry service and then users will be able to use free BBM voice and video .