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Telcos To Ensure Proper Infrastructure For BlackBerry Interception By Dec 31: Report

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has directed all telecom service providers to ensure that proper infrastructure for legal interception of BlackBerry services is in place by December 31, 2012, reports PTI (via Business Standard). Citing a note from DoT, the report states that the government has had various discussions regarding the BlackBerry interception solution provided by Research In Motion (RIM), however telcos have not yet implemented the solution on their networks. It's worth noting that we weren't able to locate any related note on the DoT website at the time of writing this article. Mentioning the note, the report also adds that DoT had previously instructed RIM to provide details like PIN resolution and web-browsing requirements with respect to its Blackberry Internet Service (BIS) to telcos and their lawful interception vendors, for which the company had planned to place a server in Mumbai. At the same time, DoT had apparently instructed telcos to develop a system which can be plugged in to RIM server, to deploy the BlackBerry interception solution developed by the company. DoT had later noted that it had received responses from all telcos apart from MTNL, as indicated by the report. No Extension in Deadline: According to a similar ET report, telcos had previously asked DoT to extend the deadline for compliance to February 2013, which has been rejected by the department. Interestingly, the reports also notes that DoT was not satisfied with the results from the trial conducted on Vodafone networks on July 19 and it plans to ask…

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