UAE majority thinks regulator will ban BlackBerry services

47% believe RIM and UAE's TRA will reach compromise before the October 11 ban.
UAE majority thinks regulator will ban BlackBerry services
FOLLOW THROUGH: Two thirds of UAE residents think that the countrys regulators will follow through with a plan to ban RIMs BlackBerry service. (Getty Images)
By Claire Ferris-Lay
Wed 11 Aug 2010 01:20 AM

Two in five UAE residents support the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority’s (TRA) decision to ban BlackBerry services, according to a report released on Tuesday.

The survey by YouGov Siraj found that almost half (47 percent) believed BlackBerry’s maker, Research In Motion (RIM), and the TRA would come to a compromise before the October 11 ban.

The UAE has said it will ban all BlackBerry services, citing concern over the phone’s encrypted email and messaging. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, India and Indonesia have also expressed concern.

Two thirds of the UAE (66 percent) believe the cut-off will go ahead while 34 percent said they planned to continue using their BlackBerry even if the service is banned.

Twice as many Arab expats believe the ban likely to happen than western expats (40 percent), according to the survey.
“Overall, the survey uncovers a largely divided public opinion on the issue with the largest proportion of consumers hoping a compromise can be found which will avoid the planned service disruptions,” said Scott Booth, research manager for YouGov Siraj.

“The population seems to grasp that there is a legitimate desire on behalf of the TRA to eliminate security concerns posed by the service. At the same time, many consumers fear being left with an expensive paperweight if their service is cut off.”

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