Indonesia not to block BlackBerry services: official

19:05, August 05, 2010      

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The Indonesian government will not follow steps taken by Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) to block several services provided by Canada-based global cellular phone communication system BlackBerry, an official said here on Thursday.

"The government has yet to see the negative impact of BlackBerry service in the country," said Gatot S, Dewobroto, head of Information Center and Public Relations at the Information and Communication (Kominfo) ministry.

Gatot said policies to use or not using such services provided by BlackBerry were purely internal affairs of each respective governments, the reported.

Indonesia sees increasing BlackBerry customers with the last data recorded last year reached around 400,000.

The two Middle East countries planned to block the BlackBerry's browser, e-mail and messenger services for security and sovereignty reasons.

The service blockade policy on BlackBerry's essential service will take into force on Friday in Saudi Arabia, meanwhile UAE will apply the blockade in October this year.

Source: Xinhua


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