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Expert says RIM won't comply with UAE demands

Says it’s likely to maintain current stance to avoid damaging its reputation in larger markets

RIM says it is likely to maintain its current stance to avoid damaging its reputation in larger markets.
RIM says it is likely to maintain its current stance to avoid damaging its reputation in larger markets.

Research firm Ovum doubts BlackBerry maker Research in Motion would comply with UAE demands, with hope mounting that they'd come to some sort of agreement with the country's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).

On Sunday, the TRA announced that Blackberry Messenger, Blackberry Email and Blackberry web-browsing services would be suspended from October 11 this year.

The TRA said in a statement that its decision was due to "the failure of ongoing attempts" spanning two years to bring Blackberry services in the UAE in line with the country's telecoms regulations.

"The TRA notes that Blackberry appears to be compliant in similar regulatory environments of other countries, which makes non-compliance in the UAE both disappointing and of great concern," said Mohamed Al Ghanim, director general of the TRA.

Ovum analyst Tim Renowden said that "...there is a concern that if RIM compromises with one government then others will demand the same access".

"The difficulty for RIM is that security has been a key selling point for BlackBerry and acquiescing to government demands would significantly undermine its security credentials, particularly with business and public sector customers," the Ovum statement read.

"The loss of access to the UAE market will upset BlackBerry customers and international business travelers in the region, but RIM looks likely to maintain its current stance and avoid damage to its reputation in the much larger North American and Western European markets," he added.

But that stance is questionable after a Reuters report today claims that RIM has agreed to allow India to monitor BlackBerry services, citing a report in The Economic Times.

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