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India: DoT planning to extend BlackBerry lawful interception solution

The major telecom service providers in India have agreed to provide government security agencies with real-time interception of BlackBerry calls and data services on their networks, meeting the December 31 deadline set by the Department of Telecommunications.

Research in Motion (RIM), the manufacturer of BlackBerry smartphones, had been asked to provide the resolution and web-browsing requirements of BlackBerry Internet Services in consultation with the service providers and lawful interception vendors.

RIM complied with the requirements and agreed to install a server in Mumbai, India to allow legal interception of its services in a readable format.

The three major telecom service providers in India – Vodafone, Tata and Bharti Airtel – were pushig for an extension of the deadline, but finally ensured that the interception equipment was ready for testing by December 31.

Reference: http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2013/jan/02/indian-telcos-provide-interception-blackberr/