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Tata not permitted to start Blackberry service

The Govt asks Tata not to offer Blackberry services unless the required monitoring system being insisted for by security agencies is put in place.

india Updated: Apr 23, 2008 16:06 IST

The government has asked Tata Teleservices not to offer Blackberry services unless the required monitoring system being insisted for by security agencies is put in place.

"Keeping in view of the security implication involved, the licensee (company) is directed not to connect or provide or run the Blackberry e-mail and mobile messenger services unless the required monitoring system to the satisfaction of the security agencies are in place and the master key and algorithm are deposited with the licensor," DoT said in a letter to Tatas.

Tata Teleservices and Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) limited had sought permission for launching Blackberry services, saying other leading operators have been offering services without meeting the above mentioned security clauses.

"...Non compliance of instructions by any other operator in breach of terms and conditions of the licence cannot be a valid ground for according permission to offer Blackberry services," DoT said.

DoT and the Ministry of Home Affairs have been battling with the Blackberry licensor Research-in-Motion (RIM) as also mobile service providers like Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance Communications to put in place a system to intercept data sent using Blackberry technology.