Indonesia threatens again to ban BlackBerry

Dylan Bushell-Embling
13 Dec 2011

Indonesia has made new threats to ban RIM from offering data services in the nation, unless it sets up a local server to route data and messaging traffic.

Telecom regulator BRTI toldIDG News Service that it plans to make a local server a precondition for allowing RIM to continue offering BlackBerry internet and Messenger services in Indonesia.

The regulator has long been pressing RIM to establish a local server, claiming it wants to protect Indonesian users' data by preventing it from being routed overseas.

BRTI first threatened a BlackBerry ban over the issue in August last year, but RIM subsequently claimed to have come up with a solution that satisfies authorities' demands.

Now it has emerged that the implemented solution involves routing traffic to a server in Singapore, and that this is not good enough for the BRTI.

RIM also agreed in January to develop a solution to filter out pornography in Indonesia at the regulator's request.

Indonesia is an important market for RIM. The company has an estimated 47% share of the nation's smartphone market, and the recent launch of the BlackBerry Belagio ended in riots during the rush to take advantage of the 50% discount offered to the first 1,000 customers.

RIM was forced to bow to Indian regulators and work to enable monitoring of BlackBerry services by security agencies, in order to stave off a threatened ban in that nation.

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