Nokia’s pushmail banned, telcos to put monitoring system

Nokia’s pushmail banned, telcos to put monitoring system

New Delhi: In a setback to Finnish mobile handset manufacturer Nokia, the government has asked telecom service providers to bar company’s proposed -- pushmail or powermail -- service till it put in place a legal monitoring system.

“In view of the Intelligence Bureau’s report, Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is requested to advice the Telecom Service Providers not to launch Nokia’s proposed pushmail/powermail service without putting in place monitoring facilities to the satisfaction of the LEAs," ministry of home affairs said in a communication to DoT.

Messaging services from Nokia involve push email for companies and consumers and enables mobile users with compatible Nokia cellphones to manage multiple email accounts from widely used email services like Yahoo!, Gmail, Rediff to Sify.

The communique came at a time when BlackBerry services are under the government’s wrath due to the security related issue for not providing a solution to intercept its enterprise mail services.

The government had asked BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) to come out with a satisfactory solution to intercept its enterprise mail services by 31 March which has already expired.

Nearly 50% of Nokia’s E series business phones sold in the country get activated for e-mails.

These developments came at a time when the home ministry has asked the telecom and IT departments to overhaul existing legal frameworks to broaden the meaning of telecom/Internet services.

The DoT and the telecom ministry have been asked by the home ministry to bring in the necessary changes in the Indian Telegraph Act of 1885, the Information Technology (Amendment) Act, 2007, the Rules under Telegraph & IT Acts to ensure operator compliance with the demands of the security agencies.

Once the necessary amendments come, it will be mandatory for the telecom service providers to have the systems in place to deliver authorized intercepts based on telephone numbers, device identity, email IDs, IP addresses or keywords to the national security agencies on real-time basis.