Adi Rahman Adiwoso, CEO of Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN). Credit: PSN
WASHINGTON — Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology has selected domestic satellite operator Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN) to deploy and operate a broadband satellite designed to connect government institutions.
The ministry said May 3 that PSN will lead a consortium of companies on the project, expected to enter manufacturing late this year, launch in the second quarter of 2022, and begin service in 2023.
The Indonesian government is putting 20.68 trillion rupiah ($1.45 billion) into financing the Mulitfunction Satellite, called SATRIA, to cover capital expenditures and 15 years of operating expenses.
SATRIA will carry 150 gigabits per second of capacity using high-throughput Ka-band beams. The ministry plans to use the satellite to connect schools, hospitals, military facilities and regional government sites not linked by existing satellite or terrestrial infrastructure.
Franco-Italian manufacturer Thales Alenia Space will build the satellite, according to The Jakarta Post. Thales Alenia Space spokesperson Sandrine Bielecki declined to comment on the SATRIA program.
The Indonesian government previously expected to select a winner for the SATRIA program last year, and to have the satellite in orbit by 2022. PSN and fleet operator ...