Starting from January 2017, 4G smartphone manufacturers in Indonesia will be required to use at least 30 percent of local content in domestically-sold smartphones and at least 40 percent for base transceiver stations (BTS). Earlier this year the Indonesian government had issued a draft regulation on this subject and last week it was signed by Indonesia¬ís Communications and Information Minister, the Trade Minister and the Industry Minister. What is the impact of this new rule on Indonesia¬ís smartphone industry?
Initially, in the draft version, the government proposed to have at least 40 percent local components required in the manufacturing of 4G smartphones that are sold domestically. However, perhaps due to criticism from the USA and other trading partners (as the new requirement favors domestic companies over foreign counterparts) as well as the unpreparedness of local Indonesian manufacturers to meet an increase in demand for Indonesian made content, this local content requirement was eventually lowered to 30 percent for all handsets based on the frequency division duplex (FDD) technology on which local carriers build their fourth generation (4G) LTE networks. However, wireless modems using 4G LTE networks, such as Bolt, are required to have minimum local content of 40 percent.
This new mandatory minimum local content rule was primarily imposed to boost the domestic manufacturing industry in a bid to reduce dependence on imports of such products (which negatively affect the country¬ís trade and current account balances). Previously, the government had already introduced a measure to protect the domestic smartphone industry. In mid-2014, it imposed a 20 percent luxury-goods tax on the domestic sale of high-spec imported smartphones in an effort to limit the inflow of imported smartphones and boost the local smartphone manufacturing industry.
just wait 7 month. The price will be down... One more thing, how about the quality of the phone?
There are crazy currencies in this world. I mean you pay 3.5 million for a mid range phone lol (ok, I would bet Nokia could do this with dollars instead of this indonesian currency)
Redaksi Pulsa, 09 Mar 2017I agree with you, however this smartphone is produce under BB merah Putih which is subsidiary ... moreNo. It's too expensive.
They should have put at least Full Hd resolution and snapdragon 6XX for that price.
This phone won't sell well.
Robith93, 09 Mar 2017In Indonesia BB used to be for high classes, but now high classes uses apple and samsung flags... moreI agree with you, however this smartphone is produce under BB merah Putih which is subsidiary of Telesindo, largest mobile retailer in Indonesia so I'm pretty optimistic here. As for price tag, well Oppo sells phone with the same price range anyway.
Robith93, 09 Mar 2017In Indonesia BB used to be for high classes, but now high classes uses apple and samsung flags... moreidr 3m is too expensive for such specification. the mid-low class will prefer china phones.
consumersmartphone, 09 Mar 2017This is the trend there, majority of rich people will go for Apple, still huge number will go ... moreIn Indonesia BB used to be for high classes, but now high classes uses apple and samsung flagships, middle classes uses samsung, xiaomi, oppo, etc. lower classes uses any Chinese brands (which is not globally marketed). Right now BB stand in between middle to low.
libels00, 09 Mar 2017Rather than expensive phones, Indonesians are dedicated to popular brand. Blackberry is a big ... moreOn top of that it doesnt habe a fingerprint sensor and priced at $260. Blackberry must be crazy. 720p at 5.5" is bad. 4gb ram for a not so powerful SD425? That is overkill. They could had balance it out by using 2gb ram and 1080p display instead.
This is the trend there, majority of rich people will go for Apple, still huge number will go to BB and small number go to Samsung or Sony. In there, iPhone and BB is real premium phone (for them), so goes for that 2 brand is a must from them.
Mid class: most of them goes to Samsung, Oppo and Vivo.
Rest of people goes to Sony, Xiaomi and other brand.
Twatonk, 09 Mar 2017did Indonesians are interested in expensive Smartphones?Rather than expensive phones, Indonesians are dedicated to popular brand. Blackberry is a big hit years ago before Android dethroned it, so maybe BB is trying to keep its market by making a Android phone here (Indonesia). But still, I'd say it'll be a flop. Price is too high for a 720p, SD425-powered device.
Considering this is the launch price this seems right for anyone concerned with mobile security and a tight on budget
Force Majeure, 09 Mar 2017Still 0.6 - 0.8 inches too big for S425. Just saying. At least the performance won't down much bcoz of its 720p display, unlike the nokia 6 with its 1080p
Twatonk, 09 Mar 2017did Indonesians are interested in expensive Smartphones?Very, people there is crazy about premium phone especially for iPhone and BB. It will sell btw.