May 28, 2008 / 10:33 AM / 9 years ago

RIM to meet India on BlackBerry: source

<p>A journalist looks at her Blackberry communication device on Capitol Hill in Washington in this April 18, 2007 file photo.Jim Young/Files</p>

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion will again meet Indian officials on Thursday to find a solution to concerns raised by security agencies, a telecoms ministry official said.

India's security agencies have said the BlackBerry e-mail device posed a risk as e-mails sent using it could not be traced or intercepted and the government has written to RIM asking it to put servers in India.

"There is a meeting tomorrow," the official said, who did not want to be identified. A spokesman for RIM in India declined comment.

Indian Telecoms Minister Andimuthu Raja said last week the Canadian firm had assured the government to come out with a solution in two months.

But last Friday, RIM said in a customer update that the company does not have a copy of the customer's encryption key and would "simply be unable to accommodate" any such request.

There are 114,000 BlackBerry subscribers in India, the junior telecoms minister said on May 5. The services are being offered by four firms such as Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications, Vodafone-controlled Vodafone Essar and BPL Mobile.

Reporting by Devidutta Tripathy; Editing by Ranjit Gangadharan

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