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Watch Out, RIM!

11:35 AM -- Mired in security issues, BlackBerry maker BlackBerry now has something else to worry about in India -- competition from India's BharatBerry. (Bharat means 'India' in Hindi.) The idea comes from Jaipur-based Data Infosys Ltd., which has developed a set of BlackBerry-like (or lite) services (email, calendar, contact data) that work on RIM's devices but are provisioned through the Indian firm's servers.

Importantly, Data Infosys says it can meet the Indian government's security requirements, according to The Hindustan Times.

Earlier this year, the Indian government threatened to shut down BlackBerry services if RIM did not meet demands to allow access to encrypted messenger and email services. And while there has been a temporary reprieve for RIM while various solutions were tested, the problems have not yet been resolved. (See BlackBerry Avoids Ban in India, Indian Ops Told to Sniff BlackBerrys, and RIM to Comply in India .)

So BharatBerry is targeted at the current and potential users of BlackBerry services in the country.

BharatBerry is Indian innovation at its best: If there's an issue with the original, you do the next best thing -- come out with a duplicate. While BharatBerry might not attract large corporates as customers, it's sure to appeal to India's small and medium-sized business.

— Gagandeep Kaur, India Editor, Light Reading

alandal 12/5/2012 | 4:21:51 PM
re: Watch Out, RIM!

Whould what they are doing be some sort of IP infringement? Or India does not really care ....

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