Luxembourg-based satellite operator SES has signed a “strategic partnership” for Indonesia on its SES-9 craft with PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk (Telkom).
Telkom is Indonesia’s largest satellite telecoms business. SES says Telkom will provide connectivity to the Indonesian market.
As part of the agreement, SES and Telkom will co-market SES-9 capacity over Indonesia, allowing customers from across all market verticals, including video, cellular, broadband, maritime and aeronautical, to utilise satellite capacity within the country. SES-9 will be co-located with SES-7, operating at 108.2 degrees East, and has a dedicated beam that comprehensively covers the Indonesian archipelago. Scheduled to enter service mid-2016, SES-9 will deliver high-powered capacity that meets the rising demands for connectivity across Indonesia.
Deepak Mathur, SVP/Commercial, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East at SES, said, “Indonesia is an ideal satellite market, due to its geographic spread and large population of heavy mobile users and television viewers, and SES-9 has been designed especially to meet this demand. We are delighted to partner with Telkom to offer SES-9 satellite capacity that has the potential to deliver satellite TV across the archipelago, as well as improve the lives of millions of Indonesians and accelerate the country’s economic growth.”
“We expect demand for data communications and corporate connectivity to continue its upward growth in Indonesia. SES is known throughout the industry as a satellite operator that is attuned to its customers’ wishes, and it has built SES-9 with Indonesian customers in mind. We believe our partnership with SES will support our provision of increased capacity to deliver more satellite services for broadcasters, content providers and companies across the country,” said Priyono, Deputy Executive GM/Wholesale Service Division at Telkom.