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Security issues in BlackBerry to be sorted out

NEW DELHI: Communications and Information Technology Minister A. Raja on Friday said the guidelines for 3G (third generation) and WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) mobile services will be announced soon.

He also said that the Government was looking into ways to resolve the BlackBerry issue and security concern related to it.

“We are consulting with the Union Finance Ministry, which has a say in the policy-making body, Telecom Commission. Broad guidelines for 3G and WiMAX are ready and its final version would be out soon after inputs from the Finance Ministry. It will then be forwarded to the Telecom Commission,” Mr. Raja told reporters here.

Stating that he would meet the Prime Minister and Finance Minister before announcing the guidelines, Mr. Raja said the much-awaited launch of 3G and WiMAX services that would take the mobile services to the next level with faster data transfer and downloads would be launched by the end of this year or early next year.

On the BlackBerry issue, Mr. Raja said they could not simply ban the service and the Government was working to find out ways to deal with security issues as pointed out by the Union Home Ministry and security agencies.

“We cannot throw out Blackberry services but the question is how to keep this service while taking care of security measures at the same time. We do feel security measures can be taken care of with wider consultations.”

Stating that the BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) has offered some solution to the problem (of tracking e-mails and messages on its network), Mr. Raja said: “We are also trying to find other solutions from other companies.”