DoT asks MTNL to take BlackBerry interception steps by 28 Feb

DoT says MTNL will have to shut BlackBerry services if it did not adhere to the norms laid down by the department
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First Published: Wed, Feb 20 2013. 08 49 PM IST
The DoT had in November last year asked all telecom service providers to immediately install a mechanism for legal interception of Blackberry services by 31 December 2012 failing which they would have to shut down the services. Photo: Reuters
The DoT had in November last year asked all telecom service providers to immediately install a mechanism for legal interception of Blackberry services by 31 December 2012 failing which they would have to shut down the services. Photo: Reuters
Updated: Wed, Feb 20 2013. 11 50 PM IST
New Delhi: The department of telecommunications (DoT) has asked state-run Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) to ensure that the necessary system for legal interception of Blackberry services is put in place by 28 February or stop the value added services from 1 March.
MTNL chairman-cum-managing director A.K. Garg was told by the DoT in a communication that the PSU telecom firm will have to shut down the services if it did not adhere to the norms laid down by the department.
The DoT had in November last year asked all telecom service providers to immediately install a mechanism for legal interception of Blackberry services by 31 December 2012 failing which they would have to shut down the services.
Despite requests by telecom companies for more time, the DoT stuck to its stand forcing all the telecom companies to fall in line and ensure timely deployment of necessary equipment. “It is understood that MTNL is yet not ready with the proposed deployment of Blackberry interception solution. It is, therefore, requested that the Blackberry interception solution may kindly be deployed on or before 28 February otherwise DoT may be constrained to asked to restrain the services offered by MTNL,” a letter to MTNL from DoT said.
MTNL did not comment on the development despite repeated attempts made to seek their response.
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First Published: Wed, Feb 20 2013. 08 49 PM IST
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