Time running out for BlackBerry in India

The fate of BlackBerry's encrypted messaging and email services in India will be decided over the next two days as the Canadian outfit holds emergency meetings with the country's government.

Research In Motion has been told that if it doesn't allow governement spooks access to the secure services, it will not be allowed to operate in India, the fastest-growing cell-phone market on the planet.

"Deliberations will go on for the next two days and a final decision will be taken on Monday," a senior interior ministry official told Reuters, adding, "Hopefully they will come up with some solution."

Officials have given the company until the start of August to allow manual access to encrypted data, and want automated access by November.

India says it wants to monitor the service to prevent terrorism and porn peddling.

It is reckoned that around a million Indians currently use BlackBerry handsets.