After much hullabaloo, and continuous pressure from Government, Canada Based Research in Motion (RIM)- makers of BlackBerry smart phones, has finally set up its server in Mumbai to provide a mechanism for lawful interception of its messenger services.
A presentation held in the office of the Home Secretary confirms that the servers have been inspected by a team of officers and permission for direct linkage for lawful interception was expected to be issued shortly.
RIM representatives had explained that BlackBerry mobile device sends the encrypted email which is sent to BlackBerry Enterprise Services (BES) located with the service provider.
The government had said the onus of giving access to security agencies to monitor the information on these smart phones lies with the service providers.According to the licensing conditions, the service providers are liable to put in a mechanism to allow security agencies to intercept any conversation or message of any subscriber whenever required.
As telecom service providers like Airtel, Vodafone, RCom, the Tatas and the government-run BSNL and MTNL are offering BlackBerry services, it would be the responsibility of these operators to ensure that the security agencies get access to the services they offer.
MTS expands data network in Kerala, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh
Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited (SSTL) that offers mobile and data services under MTS Brand would expand its wireless data network in Indian States like Gujarat, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.
MTS India sells high-speed mobile broadband through MBlaze dongles, available in 43 branded retail outlets, 4000 mass retail outlets and 150 organized retail outlets across the country. The dongles also offer live television and video on demand services.
With the expansion, the telco extended its reach to 59 towns in Kerala, 22 towns in Gujarat and 21 towns in Andhra Pradesh.
Gmail, Yahoo may route emails through servers in India
Email service providers such as Yahoo, Gmail, Microsoft and others could soon be asked to route all emails accessed in India, through servers based here, even if the mail account was registered or made in a foreign land. The move comes in the wake of instances where security agencies could not have a real-time access to some emails as they were registered outside the country but were opened in India.
According to sources, the Department of IT has been asked to inform email service providers on this subject.
During a high-level meeting held in the office of Union Home Secretary RK Singh, on December 29, 2011, the Department of Information Technology was asked to take up the matter with providers of services such as Gmail, Windows Mobile Active Email, Nokia Intellisync Email, Yahoo mail and others.Government also has plans to establish an India-centric Skype service. The ‘Indian Skype’ may be used by government officials to communicate with each other.
In the meeting attended by members of intelligence, and telecom department Gulshan Rai, the Director General of CERT-in, said that Yahoo automatically locates all email accounts registered in India to the server in India. However, Yahoo accounts registered outside India and subsequently accessed from India are routed through servers outside India.
Cisco says Mobile Data Traffic to soar 18-foldOver the next five years, the worldwide mobile data traffic will increase 18-fold, reaching 10.8 exabytes per month by 2016, according to the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2011 to 2016.This means that the amount of data sent to or from mobile gadgets around the world annually will rocket to hit the equivalent of 33 billion full-length DVD films by the year 2016.The surge in wireless data traffic will be due, in part, to an explosion in the number of “connected devices,” according to Cisco. The California-based firm also predicts that the number of gadgets linked wirelessly to the Internet would exceed the number of people on Earth in the year 2016.