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Jakarta Post

Strategic orbital slot hangs in balance

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 17 2018   /  12:42 am

Indonesia is at risk of losing its right to a strategic orbital slot after an overseas satellite provider declared a dispute with the Defense Ministry following a missed payment.

United Kingdom-based Avanti Communications claims the ministry failed to pay US$16.8 million of a $30 million lease contract for an Artemis satellite, initially used by Indonesia to maintain its orbital slot at 123 degrees East longitude.

Avanti filed the complaint at the London Court of International Arbitration in August last year and the company subsequently retracted its satellite in November, leaving the orbital slot — which was allocated by the International Communication Union (ITU) to Indonesia via the Communication and Information Ministry — empty.

Communication Minister Rudiantara said leaving the slot empty put the country’s satellite allocation in the 123 orbital slot, whic...