India: BlackBerry Messenger Services to Continue

Published on October 29, 2010
by R. Jai Krishna

India said Friday that the BlackBerry messenger services provided by Research In Motion Ltd. will continue in the country after the Canadian smartphone maker assured it would provide a final solution that enables local security agencies to monitor the services by end of January.

“RIM has set up an interim arrangement for lawful interception of BlackBerry, or BBM services,” the federal home ministry said in a statement.

India had threatened to ban the Canadian company’s BlackBerry corporate email and messenger services if RIM failed to come up with tools by the end of August to monitor the service.

The country also said it will test methods and review the situation towards the end of October.

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