Indonesia has contracted with Thales Alenia Space to build its Satelit Republik Indonesia ‘Satria’ satellite which will serve almost 150,000 sites throughout the archipelago and which the government says is the most efficient way of providing high-speed connectivity to the nation.
The satellite will orbit with both Ku and Ka-band functionality and the craft will be managed by PT Pasific Satelite Nusantara (PSN) in a 15-year US$1.45 billion overall contract.
“I believe the infrastructure development will support the economic activities in society in the next coming years,” Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution said after a May 3rd ceremony marking the signing of an agreement for the project at the National Museum in Jakarta.
The satellite will be capable of supplying an overall 150 Gb/s of throughput and serve 93,000 schools, 47,900 village districts, 3900 police stations and army bases and 3700 clinics and hospitals.
It should be ready for launch in 2023.