The Department of Telecom (DoT) in India has pulled the plug on Nokia’s Push e-mail service and has asked various telecom service providers to deny or disable user access to Nokia’s pushmail or the powermail Ovi service until Nokia comes up with a legal monitoring system for various defence and security agencies.
This decision comes amidst the Government’s decision to ban all Blackberry services in India. According to the Ministry of Home affairs’ communication to the Department of Telecom, the deptt. is requested to advice the Telecom Service Providers not to launch Nokia’s proposed pushmail/powermail service without putting in place monitoring facilities to the satisfaction of the LEAs.
This news definitely comes as a shock to Nokia as it may lose major user base given the fact that nearly 50 per cent of Nokia’s E Series business phones which are sold in India get activated primarily for e-mails. Nokia’s ovi Pushmail service allows mobile users to manage multiple email accounts on Yahoo!, Gmail, Rediff to Sify at once.