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Jakarta Post

Telkom to launch US$199.7m satellite in February

  • Anton Hermansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 18, 2017   /  12:44 pm
Telkom to launch US$199.7m satellite in February Ariane 5, the heavy launcher (Courtesy of Arianespace/File)

After a delay last year, the country’s largest telecommunication firm, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom), plans to launch a new satellite worth US$199.7 million in February.

Called Telkom-3S, the new satellite will be launched from French Guiana in the northern mainland of South America, Telkom chief technology officer Abdus Somad Arief said.

"This satellite will be our third and it will support our voice and data services," he said during the 2017 Internet Retailing Expo Jakarta on Wednesday.

(Read also: Fiber optic-based Internet system can serve 4.3 million customers: Telkom)

Beginning in July 2014, the construction of the satellite was handled by French company Thales Alenia Space.

The launch will be carried out by Arianespace, a French contracting firm that previously tackled the Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) satellite.

Abdus further said to support Telkom’s future services, it also planned to launch a fourth satellite in June 2018.

Dubbed Telkom-4, the satellite will be able to provide 100 Gbps internet connection and is set to replace the Telkom-1, one of its pioneer satellites.

Apart from satellites, the state-owned telecommunication firm also relies on its backbone cabling spanning 106,000 kilometers from the western part of Indonesia to Europe through Asia, and from the eastern part of the archipelago to the United States through Guam. (lnd)