RIM Bows Down to Indian Govt

Research in Motion, the makers of Blackberry, will reportedly give limited access to Indian Government to Blackberry messaging by September 1st, while complete access by year end, reported Reuters citing Indian government officials.

RIM faces an August 31st deadline to give authorities the means to track and read BlackBerry Enterprise email and its separate BlackBerry Messenger service.

RIM was aggressive until first week of August, particularly when in a fierce interview RIM Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis lashed out at governments who have said they will ban the BlackBerry devices.

“This is about the Internet,” Mr. Lazaridis said. “Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can’t deal with the Internet, they should shut it off.”

Lately Saudi Arabia and UAE governments have also shown their sheer reservations over Blackberry’s encrypted messaging services.

Some 1 million of RIM’s 41 million customers live in India, where upcoming 3G network rollout is expected to boost smartphone growth.

On a side note it merits mentioning here that PTA is still struggling to get Blackberry services going in Pakistan, due to differences with RIM in blocking blasphemous websites.