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BSNL to launch BlackBerry services by April

State-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd will launch BlackBerry services by April, a top official said today.

india Updated: Mar 18, 2009 13:18 IST

State-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) will launch BlackBerry services by April, a top official said in New Delhi on Wednesday.

"We have got the required approvals from the government and will launch BlackBerry services by next month," BSNL chairman and managing director Kuldeep Goyal told reporters on the sidelines of a conference.

At present, four telecom operators - Reliance Communications, Airtel, Vodafone and Tata Teleservices - are providing BlackBerry services.

BlackBerry phones offer a host of services, including allowing users to access their e-mail on the move.

BlackBerry devices, manufactured by the Canada-based Research In Motion (RIM), had earlier come under scrutiny after Indian security agencies expressed concern that the data being transmitted through the device could not be intercepted due to the high encryption codes being used by the company.

However, Canadian Minister of of Industry Tony Clement, after a meeting with Communications Minister A Raja in February, had said the security concerns over the BlackBerry phones had been "resolved as far as possible".