JAKARTA - Few companies better understand the difficulties of doing business in indonesia than BlackBerry maker Research In Motion.
The government has had the Canada-based company jumping through hoops for most of the past year, repeatedly threatening to shut down its services unless it met a list of demands not required of its competitors.
For RIM, trouble in indonesia is particularly painful as the country is the world's fastest-growing major BlackBerry market, according to industry statistics.
Subscriptions are expected to almost double from five million to 9.7 million by 2015, RIM says, as sales elsewhere tumble.
Demand is driven by indonesia 's burgeoning middle class, drawn to the BlackBerry for affordable access to the Internet and widely used BlackBerry Messenger texting service.
indonesia , Southeast Asia's most-populous nation of around 240 million people, is also the region's biggest economy and is forecast to have grown 6.5 percent in 2011.
Indonesians are some of the world's most active users of social network sites. Of 41 countries surveyed, it had the highest percentage of Internet users accessing Twitter in June 2010, or more than 20 percent of its 45 million online population, online research firm comScore said. Other major smartphone markets, such as the United States, are cooling on the BlackBerry, turning instead to Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android device, pushing RIM shares down around 75 percent last year.
"Indonesia is a very important market for RIM," the firm's Asia-Pacific managing director Gregory Wade told AFP.
"We have millions of BlackBerry fans and subscribers throughout indonesia . So it’s our belief that no one loves indonesia more than RIM."
But the government has so far returned little of the affection. Instead, it has antagonised the company in a long-running row that could put off other foreign investors eyeing a largely untapped mobile phone and Internet market.
The communications and information technology ministry has forced RIM to build dozens of customer service centres in indonesia , block access to pornography on its devices and help law enforcement agencies intercept encrypted data shared on BlackBerrys.

In January, the ministry officially requested RIM build a network aggregator, or data centre, somewhere in the region to lower costs to Indonesian carriers that provide BlackBerry data services.