Government may bar import of BlackBerry phones

6 Jul 2009

The government of Indonesia has issued a warning to Canada-based Research in Motion (RIM) that it may block applications for certification of smartphone devices if the vendor fails to have its service centre up and running by the 16 July deadline. A spokesman for the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Gatot S Dewa Broto, said the consequence of any delay would most likely be a suspension of paperwork needed to bring BlackBerry handsets into the country. Last month the ministry announced that it had stopped issuing licences for Blackberry products because RIM had failed to open after-sales offices in Indonesia as stipulated in a 2008 ministerial decree on IT. Anatara News claims that currently there are 300,000 BlackBerry subscribers to three telecoms operators in the country.