Tata Indicom confident of getting nod for BlackBerry service

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New Delhi, Mar 14 (UNI) Tata Indicom today said it is hopeful of getting the clearance for operating Blackberry services in the country soon.

''We are hopeful for getting the clearance soon,'' Tata Teleservices Ltd Managing Director Anil Sardana told reporters on the sidelines of a conference here.

His comments came on light of Telecom Secretary Siddhartha Behura saying there would be no ban on BlackBerry sevices at this point.

''I am very happy by the positve response given by the government,'' Mr Sardana said.

These services are available in 130 countries and if it is safe there, it should be safe for us also, he added.

The government had earlier rejected the company's application for BlackBerry services on security grounds.

''Lawful interception facility is not available in the country as a result of which the government refused to give us the clearance,'' Mr Sardana said.

The Home Ministry had last week expressed concern over the alleged security threat that BlackBerry services offers in absence of a server here, which does not allow for government interception.

All value-added services, including BlackBerry, has to have prior approval of the government to ensure that they have lawful interception.

The government is talking to the telecom operators and Research In Motion (RIM) to resolve the security concerns, he added.

However he alleged that there should be level playing in the field and asked the government to come out with a white paper asking that every operator had taken permission for value added services.


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