Nokia’s Push Email Service In India Is Blocked

by mohit on April 22, 2011

This telecom news is making the headlines in the world of telecommunications – Department of Telecom Bans Nokia’s Push Email Service in India. This can be a major jerk for all the Nokia Smartphones’ lovers out there in the Indian subcontinent who were eagerly waiting for this new feature – the Push Email from Nokia. Nokia Messaging offers push email services for Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Hotmail and Rediff mail. E-mail service is being activated in more than 50% of the E-series phones sold in the country.

What’s The The Department of Telecom (DoT)’s Concern? That’s the major question everybody’s seeking answer to. Actually, the problem lies in the monitoring of such mails. India’s Ministry of Home Affairs has relayed directives to the Department of Telecom stating that Nokia’s new push email product should not be permitted to launch in India until a system is put in place that will allow the government to monitor communications sent and received on devices.

The same concern is in line with the RIM’s BlackBerry mobile devices as well due to lack of facilities to monitor emails. The goverment had given them 31st March 2011 as the last date to provide a solution to this problem, which has been already expired.

The home ministry has asked DoT and IT ministry to makes changes in the Indian Telegraph Act of 1885 and Information Technology act of 2007 and provide proper framework to monitor telephone numbers, device identity, email IDs, IP addresses or keywords in real-time as an additional step in addressing the security issue.

Though we still are waiting for a word from Nokia CEO Stephen Elop on the same. We’ll keep you updated on the same.

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