DoT asks RIM to set up server in India
“We are also putting pressure on RIM to do whatever it takes to enable monitoring by security agencies. We support the request to set up a server in India,” said a GSM industry representative.
At present, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, BPL and Reliance Communications are offering Blackberry services in the country to about 4 lakh subscribers.
Tata Teleservices also wants to offer the service but was stopped by DoT after security agencies raised concerns about monitoring.
Locating a server in India will allow the security agencies to monitor traffic at the gateway without having to break into the Blackberry’s secure transmission codes. According to industry estimates, a server would cost $500,000 at the most.
Earlier, DoT had said that the Government was not interested in banning Blackberry in the country.
The fallout of the RIM controversy will have a major ramification for the Internet-based application service providers in the country at large. Most of the service providers use 128 bit encryption codes and not all of them have submitted their decryption codes to the Government.
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