Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Govt softens on BlackBerry

The Government of Indonesia has softened its stance on Research in Motion (RIM) where ICT ministry allows import of BlackBerry even though only for types that already certified for distribution in Indonesia. 
Executives of RIM, accompanied by Canadian Ambassador in Jakarta, met director general for post and telecommunication Basuki Yusuf Iskandar on Tuesday to reaffirm RIM's commitment to open service center in Indonesia. 
RIM got "mild result" from the meeting because government resumed import of BlackBerry for types already certified, but rejected to certify new BlackBerry models.
RIM promised to government officers that it will open the service center by August 26, 2009. RIM will start site construction, material delivery, and training by July 31, to be followed with trial run in August 17, and go live by August 21.
ICT ministry requires RIM to develop service center in Indonesia with similar quality the one in Singapore. "We don't want them to keep sending BlackBerrys to Singapore for service," Gatot Dewa Broto, head of information center at the ministry said.

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