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BlackBerry to move BBM server to Indonesia

The Jakarta Post
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Canadian tech company BlackBerry is reportedly planning to move the Blackberry Messenger (BBM) server to Indonesia following a partnership with media group PT Elang Mahkota Teknologi (Emtek) in June.

According to, BBM CEO Matthew Talbot said the company planned to gradually move its server in Canada to Indonesia, with the process to be completed in 2017.

While the process is ongoing, Talbot expects infrastructure in Indonesia to be prepared to support it.

He also expects the move to be able to provide a better experience for Indonesian users, meaning it will allow them to access BBM service much faster.

“The experience [factor] is very important,” said Talbot. “We don’t want to access the data through transatlantic cable. We would like to give better messaging experience.”

Talbot shares that Indonesia is now the “owner” of BBM following long-term cooperation between BBM and Emtek, which is said to allow BBM to focus on Indonesia as one of its largest users and potential market.

"The [BBM] license is 100 percent owned by Indonesia; why? Because BBM currently has been separated as enterprise and consumer services," he said.

In a bid to become an all-in-one platform, BBM has released various services, including BBM Voucher, BBM Shopping in collaboration with e-commerce Bukalapak, and BBM Travel.

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