Tata Teleservices to launch Blackberry services by next 2 months

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Agra, Aug 9 (UNI) Tata Teleservices today said it will launch Blackberry 8830 world phone to start the services in the country by next two months.

''We have launched Blackberry services internally for our staff members. We are waiting for the logistic arrangement and will launch the services and phone for the market in the next one to two month,'' Tata Teleservices Managing Director Anil Sardana told reporters here.

The company, however, will withdraw the services if the government bans it in the future, he added.

BlackBerry is a patented service that was developed by Canadian firm RIM. This smart phone allows users to access emails on their phones.

The government has not yet given green signal for these services in the country as it does not have the scope for lawful interception and monitoring of the content, may be because it does not have a server in India.

The company also announced its plan to invest two billion dollars for rolling out CDMA and GSM services in the country by next two years.

''Over the next two years, the company will invest two billion dollars for setting up a CDMA and GSM network,'' Mr Sardana said.

The company, which currently offers mobile services on CDMA platform, has received spectrum in five circles even though it had applied for a pan-India allocation.

On the recently announced 3G policy, Mr Sardana said there was no clear roadmap for the CDMA operators and the matter has been taken up with the government, which has assured the players of looking into their case.

The company is also aiming to increase its subscriber base to 35 million from the current 27 million.

''We are rolling out the network very quickly wherever we have been given spectrum so far,'' Mr Sardana said adding that all orders have been placed.

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