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US$550m satellite project to boost RI connectivity

  • Eisya A. Eloksari

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 5 2020   /  01:00 am
Illustration of a satellite.(Shutterstock/Tatiana Shepeleva)

The Satellite of the Republic of Indonesia (Satria) project took a step forward on Thursday with the signing of a preparatory work agreement between an Indonesian consortium and a French-Italian firm. The US$550 million joint endeavor seeks to build the country’s largest telecommunications satellite.   Satellite provider PT Satelit Nusantara Tiga, part of the PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN) consortium, and French-Italian aerospace manufacturer Thales Alenia Space (TAS) signed the agreement on the project, which is being managed by the Communications and Information Ministry. The PSN consortium will be the lead contractor and operator of the project.   The satellite seeks to boost connectivity in the country and is expected to provide free internet access for 150,000 public facilities, including schools, regional government offices and healthcare facilities....