Research in Motion, maker of BlackBerry have finally bowed down to Indian Governments demand to allow access to their messaging system – RIM will provide full data access to the Indian authorities.
To be honest, I did not think that the outcome will come out today – I was thinking more on the lines of delay of another 2-3 weeks. However, Indian Authorities have got their way. [Our earlier post on possible scenarios that this decision would have gone…]
For RIM, they really did not have much of a choice..did they? They had to give access if they had to survive in this fastest growing Indian Telecom Market. RIM today has over 1 Million users in India, majority of who are corporate tie-ups.
RIM will now be placing their servers in India, so as to offer full access to Indian Authorities. [Source: source, 2]
The important thing now would be – How will other countries react to this? RIM has set the tone by giving access to India for its messaging service. I surely see every Government asking for the same.
Blackberry has now given away their U.S.P – Secure Email & Messaging Access. It would be quite interesting to see what follows and how other countries react to this decision.
Only time will tell…