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RIM faces threat again to its service in Indonesia

John Ribeiro | Dec. 13, 2011
Indonesia's telecommunications regulator, Badan Regulasi Telekomunikasi Indonesia (BRTI), has renewed its demand that Research In Motion locate a server in the country to route communications traffic, after the Canadian company reportedly set up similar infrastructure in Singapore.

In January, BRTI said that all Internet service providers are required by law to block pornographic content, and if RIM does not block pornographic sites, Indonesia may consider blocking the service. RIM said at the time it was committed to working with Indonesia's carriers to put in place "a prompt, compliant filtering solution for BlackBerry subscribers in Indonesia".

Sutadi said on Monday that RIM cooperated in blocking pornography after a threat to block the service, but has not addressed the longer-standing demand for a server in the country.

Indonesia was counting on RIM's "goodwill" to put up the server in the country. "But, after waiting for almost three years, they just said that they already have the router in Singapore," Sutadi said.

RIM said it continues to discuss a new potential investment in Indonesia that would support the growth and expansion of the country's software development industry, for which it expects to provide further details at a future date.

 

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