BlackBerry-Indonesia: Everybody Wins!
Shares in Waterloo, Ont.-based Research in Motion rose Tuesday, a day after it said it will filter its BlackBerry web services for pornography. The government of Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, threatened to revoke the smartphone maker's licence in that country. RIM says is 'fully committed to working with Indonesia's carriers to put in place a prompt, compliant filtering solution.' (Courtesy AT&T) RIM shares closed higher by 38 cents at $62.15 on the Toronto Stock Exchange Tuesday. In a statement, the firm said it is "fully committed to working with Indonesia's carriers to put in place a prompt, compliant filtering solution for Blackberry subscribers in Indonesia as soon as possible." The threat would have blocked RIM's access from one of Asia's fastest-growing telecommunications markets. RIM shipped 14.1 million units in its latest quarter, making it the world's fourth-biggest smartphone maker. This will be the first time it has agreed to filter its web content. Company representatives are due to meet with Indonesian officials on Jan. 17 to discuss the details of how RIM's filter will work. Last year, RIM faced a series of confrontations with governments including Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and India after they complained about difficulties monitoring communications on the smartphones. Read more: cbc.ca
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