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Telkom Satellite puts 'Nawacita' vision in reality

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Jakarta | Wed, February 15, 2017 | 12:00 am
Telkom Satellite puts 'Nawacita' vision in reality Telkom chief technology officer Abdus Somad Arief writes his signature on top of the Telkom-3S satellite's fairing prior to it being placed on top of the Ariane 5 VA235 rocket at the Guiana Space Center's Final Assembly Building in French Guiana, on Feb. 8. Abdus has expressed hope that this new satellite can provide maximum benefit for all Indonesians and help progress the nation's digital economy. (Courtesy of PT Telkom Indonesia/-)

PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom), the country's largest telecommunications firm, was scheduled to launch its Telkom-3S satellite on Wednesday in the early hours of 4:39 a.m. (Western Indonesian Time) from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana.

This US$199.7 million satellite will allow Indonesian citizens living in the "3T regions" (the frontier, outermost and remote regions) of the archipelago to gain better access to telecommunications services. For them, this means higher-quality HDTV, cellular communications and broadband internet.

Thanks to this satellite, all Indonesians will be able to enjoy high-quality telecommunications services, no matter where they are in the country. Its reach is so far and wide that it even extends further beyond the country's borders to parts of the Southeast Asian region.

Building this satellite was possible thanks to Telkom's collaboration with satellite production company Thales Alenia Space and satellite-launching service provider Arianespace. Its existence helps to realize two of President Joko Widodo's "Nawacita" nine development agenda.

For one, it furthers the first agenda of protecting national security. It also helps to realize the third agenda of developing Indonesia's rural areas. The new satellite also has the added benefit of reducing Indonesia's dependency on renting foreign satellites.