Major telecom firms have agreed in principle to offer interception facilities of BlackBerry services in India to the security firms, as and when required, with real-time interception of BlackBerry calls and also data services. This has come about to meet the December 31, 2012 deadline of the government.
The service providers include players such as Tata Teleservices, Vodafone and Airtel.
Research In Motion (RIM), the manufacturer of BlackBerry, has been directed to provide the resolution and web-browsing needs of the BlackBerry Internet Services. This is to be done in discussion with concerned service providers and law interception organisations.
Accordingly, RIM has accepted the directive and has installed a server in Mumbai to allow legal interception in a legible format.
The interception facilities will at last bring about undisturbed and joyful experience of using the BlackBerry services provided by telecom operators. Earlier in 2011, the government set the deadline for RIM to come up with facilities for interception, or face closure of their operations in India.
The major service players mentioned earlier were initially seeking for extension of the deadline, but later declined the idea and settled to accept the December 31, 2012 as the date for testing the interception device.
This interception decision was taken by the Indian government after the terrorist attacks in Mumbai on November 26, 2008.
Respecting the ultimatum, the Canadian company obeyed the government order early last year. It put forward a solution for interception of BlackBerry Messenger and also for the BlackBerry Internet services.
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