Hi all,

Looks as if RIM/BB pulled it's feet out of the fire, for the time being!

Take care,


BlackBerry Gets a 2-Month Reprieve in India
By VIKAS BAJAJ, August 30, 2010


MUMBAI, India — In a sign that India and the maker of popular BlackBerry devices might be closer to settling a dispute over law enforcement’s access to corporate e-mail, the government on Monday said that it would study and test a proposal by the company for two months.

The decision ends a waiting game, at least for now, over whether India would ban the popular corporate e-mail and BlackBerry Messenger chatting services on Tuesday, a deadline set earlier this month for access.

In a statement, the ministry of home affairs, which is responsible for internal security, said Research in Motion, the Canadian company that makes BlackBerry devices, had made “certain proposals for lawful access by law enforcement agencies and these would be operationalized immediately. The feasibility of the solutions offered would be assessed thereafter.”

R.I.M. has more than a million BlackBerry users in India, one of its fastest growing markets. Many of those customers use consumer e-mail services that would not have been affected by a shutdown because the government says it can already monitor those messages.

Indian officials, along with those in several other countries, say they want the ability to monitor all messages sent over the popular devices, because terrorists could use them to plot and carry out attacks. Indian officials have said the government has the right to demand access under terms of the license agreements with wireless phone companies.

R.I.M. has maintained that it cannot provide readable copies of messages, because corporate e-mail messages are encrypted on the device and can only be decoded by computer servers owned by corporate clients. It has previously offered to help identify the corporation whose server specific messages are stored on, so the government could seek access directly from companies.

It was unclear what commitments R.I.M. has made to the Indian government on Monday beyond what it has promised in the past. The company has repeatedly said that it provides the same level of access to law enforcement in all countries. A spokesman for the company in India was not immediately available for comment after the government released its statement.

Indian officials also did not provide details on Monday, but the home ministry said that it and the department of telecommunications “would study the feasibility of all such services being provided through a server located only in India.”In recent months, several countries have demanded access to BlackBerry messages in an unencrypted form and some have also demanded that R.I.M. place a server in their countries. India and the United Arab Emirates appear to have gone the furthest in threatening to shut down the service if their demands were not met.

Shares of R.I.M., which have fallen more than 30 percent this year on worries about its battles with various governments and its ability to keep up with rivals like Apple, were up 1.3 percent, to $46.58, on Nasdaq Monday morning after the Indian government’s announcement.