In the midst of the ongoing disputes between the Indian government and BlackBerry (News - Alert) maker Research in Motion over access to secure corporate e-mail servers, Nokia is trying to demonstrate its commitment to subscribers in the country and adherence to local laws by setting up servers within India’s borders.
According to a PC World post, Nokia (News - Alert) will have its servers established by November to deliver its push e-mail service in India. This move is an effort to comply with government regulations.
Nokia made the announcement one day before the Indian government deadline for RIM to provide access to some BlackBerry services. This move was all business on Nokia’s part as the provider owns the largest share of the smartphone market in India.
Success by BlackBerry in this space threatens this positioning, which has been created in part by Nokia’s Messaging Service, which has been running in beta in the country for the last year. The troubles for RIM started when the government ordered service providers offering BlackBerry enterprise server and instant messaging applications to ensure that such services could be intercepted by security agencies by August 31 or face the potential blocking of such services.
Nokia was prepared to emerge the gallant provider, announcing earlier this month that it was prepared to assist with applicable government authorities in their requests for a high degree of security. While Nokia claims it follows all local laws and regulations required by government authorities, the company also says it is committed to protecting the privacy of its users, maintaining their trust. One has to ask – is this an impossible balance?
BlackBerry has attracted considerable attention as a result of the government’s security concerns, yet it is not the dominate player in India. And, with problems looming, a number of companies using the BlackBerry platform are now considering a move to other devices from players such as Nokia and Apple (News - Alert) to ensure continuity in communications performance.
One of the biggest attractions for the BlackBerry standard is the company’s robust, encrypted security for corporate e-mail exchanges. A change to that platform could hurt the company’s standing and attach its true differentiator in some markets.
For Nokia and even Apple, that would be great news in India where the smartphone market is booming.In other Nokia news, the company announced it recently tied up with Yahoo to form a worldwide strategic alliance to extend the reach of their online services. The new partnership will allow the people to enjoy rich experiences while connecting to the world around them.Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for eastbiz.com. To read more of Susan’s articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Stefania Viscusi