The Communication and Information Technology Ministry has asked BlackBerry smartphone manufacturer and service provider Research in Motion (RIM) to build a data server in Indonesia, since the country is home to the highest number of BlackBerry users in Southeast Asia.
“We will make efforts so that RIM will be willing to set up a data server here. We will be negotiating next month,” the director general of information technology resources and equipment at the ministry, Muhammas Budi Setyawan, said Monday as quoted by kompas.com.
He said that in an agreement with the government in September, RIM had vowed to build a server or network aggregator, but did not specify in which country it would be set up.
Budi added that RIM should establish its server in Indonesia because of the overwhelming number of BlackBerry users in the country, which reached 2,63 million in 2010 and is expected to reach 4 million by the end of this year.
He explained that having a RIM server in Indonesia would mean that users would be able to the deliver messages or download BlackBerry features faster. Currently, BalckBerry messages must go through a server in Canada, often causing slow or failed deliveries.