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Indian gov't to make final decision on BlackBerry

08-31-2010 09:47 BJT

NEW DELHI, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- The Indian government is scheduled to reach a final decision on Monday on whether or not to partially ban the Blackberry cellular services, in particular its email service.

The decision is expected after Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram's meeting with BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) and examines its final offer.

The meeting would consider a technical report prepared after two days of talks last week between RIM officials and Indian security agencies.

The report contains some suggestions on how a secure email on BlackBerry may be accessed.

The Indian government is likely to extend the Aug. 31 deadline if RIM puts forward a concrete solution to grant security agencies access of its secure email and messenger services.

BlackBerry's troubles in India, which could cut it out from one of the world's fastest growing mobile phone markets, are the latest in the firm's global headaches as governments worry its encrypted services could be used for activities from terrorism to peddling pornography.

A shutdown would affect about 1 million users in India out of a total 41 million BlackBerry users worldwide, allowing them to use the devices only for calls and Internet browsing.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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