Nusantara Satu Satellite Helps Reduce Internet Access Gaps

Jakarta, Kominfo - Nusantara One Satellite was officially launched directly from Cape Caneveral Air Force Station, Florida, United States. Based on the results of monitoring through live streaming, the launch of Nusantara One satellite is on target, Friday (02/22/2019) or on Thursday at around 8:45 local time.

Managing Director of PT. Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN) Adi Rahman Adiwoso said that the Nusantara Satellite One will start operating in the upcoming April 2019. Adi hopes that this satellite will be an effort to reduce the gap in the fast internet communication network in the country.

"Internet or broadband needs are very high, we estimate that there are 25 thousand villages that do not have adequate internet communication connections. So, our target is to help cover them, "Adi said before the launch process was carried out.

Satelit Nusantara This one will be rented by the Telecommunications and Information Accessibility Agency (BAKTI) of the Ministry of Communication and Information (Kominfo). This is in line with BAKTI's target to provide internet facilities and needs in areas not covered by fiber optic cables. BAKTI will use the PSN satellite service for the next five years while waiting for the completion of the Multifunctional Government Satellite, which is targeted for completion in 2023.

The Director of the Telecommunications and Information Accessibility Agency (BAKTI) of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Anang Latif said, the provision of telecommunications satellite capacity is an effort to provide satellite capacity earlier while waiting for the construction of the PPP Project (Government and Business Entity Cooperation) Multifunctional Satellite

"While waiting for the completion of Satria (Satellite Indonesia Raya), which is targeted for completion in 2020, we provide fast internet access for educational, health and defense security services with this cooperation," said Anang Latif in the Signing of Cooperation Agreement (PKS) for Providing Telecommunication Satellite Capacity at Borobudur Hotel, Jakarta, Wednesday (01/30/2019).

Provision of Telecommunication Satellite Capacity, Anang added, was used to support the Internet Access Service program (BAKTI Action) and BTS backhaul service (BAKTI Signal).

According to the Director of BAKTI, each auction winner will provide satellite capacity of 21 Gbps (Gigabytes per second). Even with the provision of that capacity, Anang Latif is optimistic that the target of free signal will be realized quickly.

Nusantara Satu is the first Indonesian satellite to use High Throughput Satellite (HTS) technology with a capacity of up to 15 Gbps. This technology, is believed to be able to provide broadband internet services with far greater capacity than conventional satellites currently in Indonesia.

At the end of 2018, BAKTI has held an auction to provide HTS-based telecommunications satellite (transponder) capacity. PT. Pasifik Satelit Nusantara is one of the winners of the tender. The other companies that passed the evaluation were PT Indo Pratama Teleglobal, PT. APlikanusa Lintasarta and Telkom.

BAKTI also plans to use 60 percent of Ku-band satellite Nusantara One capacity which will begin operations in April. At present, as much as 70 percent of Nusantara One's total capacity has been used.

Satelit Nusantara Satu has a capacity of 26 C-band transponders and 12 Extended C-band transponders. In addition, there are also 8 Ku-band spot beams with a total bandwidth capacity of 13.6 Gbps. The coverage area of this satellite reaches all regions in the country. **

Source: Ministry of Communication and Information

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