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Cannot meet BlackBerry deadline, say telecom firms

india Updated: Sep 22, 2010 09:46 IST
Manoj Gairola

There is no solution in sight to BlackBerry’s standoff with the Indian government.

Telecom providers are not likely to meet Wednesday’s deadline for a technology upgrade that will enable interception of all BlackBerry services, as the government wants them to, simply because they don’t know how to do so.

On September 16, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) sent a notice to all telecom service providers, asking them to install technical capability in their networks by September 22, by which BlackBerry services could be intercepted by security agencies (to monitor possible terror-related activity).

“We have not been provided with any solution to intercept enterprise emails by the company,” said a Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd official. “We have nothing to upgrade. We have no compliance to give to DoT.”

“There is no forward movement on intercepting enterprise mails,” said an MTNL official. “Things stand just as they were before the DoT issued their notice.”

Bharti Airtel also did not confirm whether it would install any facility for intercepting enterprise emails by Wednesday. Despite repeated attempts, Research In Mobile (RIM), the company that owns BlackBerry did not comment either.

The government had earlier warned RIM it would ban its BlackBerry enterprise services if the company failed to provide access to its enterprise mails by October 31.

Initially RIM had been set a deadline of August 31. When it failed to meet it, the deadline was extended by another two months. Last week, Jim Balsillie co CEO of RIM said that the company did not have capability to intercept.