Telcos upgrade network for BlackBerry services

Last Updated: Wed, Sep 22, 2010 20:21 hrs

Some of the telecom operators have upgraded their networks for lawful interception of BlackBerry messenger services. The operators, however, are yet to give a solution to access enterprise email services.

Operators, including Tata Teleservices, have submitted the compliance report for messenger services to the department of telecommunications (DoT). It had asked all the service providers to upgrade their networks for lawful interception of BlackBerry services.

RIM, the makers of BlackBerry, was given a 60-day reprieve till October to come out with a solution or face a ban. There are over one million BlackBerry users in India.

"A compliance report that the network has been technically upgraded to intercept all BlackBerry services by legal enforcement agencies for lawful interception must be provided to this office by September 22," DoT had said in its communication to operators.

A RIM spokesperson said: "We are working with the operators and the Government of India to address the issues."

RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie had said: "I am optimistic a positive and constructive outcome can be achieved... we are respectful of government needs and are fully cooperating to comply with lawful requirements on an industry standard basis."

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