The statement of the Telecommunications Secretary to the Government of India that there is no move to ban the use of ‘blackberry services’ has come as a major relief to both the service providers and users. There is an estimated half-a-million users of this service in the country.
Blackberry is a value added service developed and patented by Resource in Motion (RIM) a Canadian Firm. The important feature of this service is that it provides access to emails via the mobile phone.
There was a prospect of the services facing a ban as the Home Ministry had expressed concerns of security threat because of the fact that it does not have a server in India, which precluded Government’s interception. The application of Tata Communications was rejected on the same ground by Government of India.
Clarifying the Government’s stand on the issue, The Telecoms Secretary, Mr.Siddartha Behrua had said that the Government is engaged in a dialog with the telecom operators and the Research in Motion (RIM) to resolve the issues. It is also in touch with the ‘blackberry service’ providers as Air tel, Vodofone and Reliance Communications. As this is an ongoing exercise, there would not be any ban on the services.