Indosat and China Great Wall signed for Palapa-N1 satellite

Tinuku ~ Indosat Ooredoo and Pacific Satellite Nusantara (PSN) through a joint venture of Palapa Satelit Nusa Sejahtera (PSNS) signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese satellite producer China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) to build and orbit Palapa Nusantara 1 or Palapa-N1 in 2020.

Tinuku Indosat and China Great Wall signed for Palapa-N1 satellite

Indosat Ooredoo and PSN through PSNS appointed CGWIC to build and fly into orbit a satellite called Palapa-N1 in the strategic project. The satellite will replace the Palapa-D in the 113-degree East Latitude orbital slot that runs out of operation by 2020.

"This satellite will accelerate broadband penetration and broadcasting services as well as become an important part of Indosat Ooredoo's Business-to-Business (B2B) service," said Alexander Rusli, CEO of Indosat Ooredoo, in Jakarta, Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

The Palapa-N1 will be transported into orbit using the Long March 3B rocket at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China. Satellite using High Throughput Satellite (HTS) technology developed with Chinese DFH 4 Bus.

Adi Rahman Adiwoso as CEO of PSN said the partnership with Indosat also demonstrates PSN's commitment in the satellite industry to solve the digital divide problem in Indonesia with a population of 257.6 million in more than 13,500 islands.

Indonenesia's Minister of Communications and Informatics, Rudiantara, said satellite is one of the solutions to meet the needs of broadband in Indonesia and needs to continue to drive the growth of the satellite ecosystem.

"One of the ways to encourage the growth of satellites is to change the way government views and strive more deeply to engage all stakeholders," Rudiantara said.

The Palapa-N1 satellite is estimated to cost approximately US$ 200 million for the entire process, from development to launch and generating 12Gbps output.