Earlier this year, the Indonesian Government ramped up enforcement of its regulation targeting 4G smartphones. The rule will require all companies that sell 4G-capable devices, to use a minimum of 30 percent local components, be it hardware, software or in the design, as part of the government’s efforts to promote the country’s growing cell phone manufacturing sector. However, BlackBerry is unfazed by the new ruling, considering that since 2008, it began implementing Indonesian components into its products.
As Jakarta Post has highlighted:
Among the local contributions to BlackBerry products include the production of smartphone batteries in a Batam factory and the production of headset earbuds in Cibubur, West Java.
Zipperstein added that BlackBerry also ran a Global Application Vetting Center in Denpasar, Bali, where over 100,000 applications found on the BlackBerry World App Store had been tested, developed and processed since 2011, with 5,000 of the apps for the BlackBerry 10 developed by Indonesians. Around 1,500 Indonesian developers have contributed to the global app vetting process.
Besides hardware and software, BlackBerry also has Research and Development as well as scholarships offered in Indonesia.
BlackBerry Indonesia’s government relations director, Kusuma Lienandjaja, added that the company also ran an innovation center in Bandung that provided engineering scholarships to the Bandung Institute of Technology, making the company’s contributions “extend beyond production”.
On the other hand, Samsung has only began (by opening a new factory there) as well as Apple, whom has yet to follow up on their compliance with the new ruling.