As we reported a couple of days ago, the Dept. of Telecom under has banned Nokia Pushmail services in India. Acting on the advice of the Intelligence Bureau, the Pushmail and Powermail services are banned until a monitoring system is put in place.
A communication from Ministry of Home Affair to Department of Telecom states, “In view of the Intelligence Bureau’s report, Department of Telecommunications 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,” .
While everyone was expecting that Blackberry would be the first one to go down, it’s a bit surprising to see the crowd favorite handset manufacturer make it to the top of the list. Given the present scenario, there is no reason to believe Nokia would put up a tough fight.
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What makes the decision all the more important is while RIM got a dozen warnings and deadlines, its service wasn’t disrupted. So, Nokia might get a breather if they publicly announce a timeline for setting up a monitoring system.
Either way, this move by the Indian Govt. is clearly seen as setting an example. But for whom exactly is the million dollar question!