Nokia said today that they will set up servers in India by November this year for its enterprise email services, which would address the local government’s concerns by allowing the country’s security agencies to monitor the services.
“…we follow all local laws and regulations that are required by the government authorities. We have been working towards installing the requisite infrastructure in the country and will set up servers for our push email service by November 2010,” the Indian unit of Nokia said in a statement.
Nokia’s statement follows government concerns about Canada-based Research In Motion Ltd.’s BlackBerry corporate email and messaging services. Indian officials are likely to make a final decision on the services later in the day, ahead of an Aug. 31 deadline for the smartphone maker to let security services monitor the two services.
India fears terrorists may use BlackBerry’s heavily encrypted network, which is difficult to monitor. Separately, the Press Trust of India quoted Nokia India Managing Director D. Shivakumar as saying the server will be launched Nov. 5.”It is for hosting mail and ensuring that the government has access (to the data).”
He said that Nokia had met federal Home Secretary G.K. Pillai about a month ago, and explained what Nokia was doing to provide India’s security agencies with access to its email.
“Nokia is committed to protecting our users’ privacy and maintaining their trust, while at the same time fulfilling our public responsibility and legal obligations,” Nokia said in the statement.