Indian telecom operators will be providing real time interception facilities for BlackBerry devices, say news reports.
Research In Motion (RIM) has more than one million Indian customers. Since services such as the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) facility and the BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) email platform could not be intercepted, Indian security agencies had raised concerns regarding national security.
However, complying with the directives issued by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), RIM has provided an interception solution for these services, which, however, does not extend to the Blackberry Enterprise Server.
Earlier, DoT had set December 31, 2012 as the last date for RIM to provide an interception solution for its services. DoT had asked RIM to furnish details related to resolution and web-browsing by BlackBerry users, in consultation with operators and vendors. Subsequently, RIM placed a server in Mumbai to enable interception of its services.
Vodafone and Tata Communication were among the first operators to comply with DoTs directive, followed by Bharti Airtel.