Satria-1 Satellite Orbits Allow for Equitable Internet Access in Indonesia

Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN) revealed that the successful launch of the Republic of Indonesia satellite or Satria-1 satellite has paved the way for equitable internet access in Indonesia. The Nusantara Tiga or Satria-1 satellite was launched on Sunday, June 18, 2023, using SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA. Currently, the satellite is orbiting at 146 degrees east longitude.

PSN Group President Commissioner Sofyan Jalil said that the successful launch of the Satria-1 satellite will strengthen the technology, information, and communication infrastructure in Indonesia. This plays an important role in bridging the gap in internet access in Indonesia, which is an archipelago. 

“The Satria satellite was successfully launched into geostationary orbit and is expected to become one of the infrastructure backbones in bridging the digital divide in the archipelago,” Sofya said in his written statement.

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Meanwhile, PSN President Adi Rahman Adiwoso added that the Satria-1 satellite is the initial stage of a series of satellites for the availability of internet services in remote areas. The next stage after launch is to ensure that the satellite can operate, thus supporting the government in providing the widest possible internet service to the people of Indonesia.

“PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara has a huge responsibility and mandate for the people and the country. We need to account for this responsibility and mandate hard work to provide the best so that it is truly beneficial for the community and the country,” Adi said.

Satria-1 is the first satellite in Indonesia to use Very High Throughput Satellite (VHTS) technology, Ka-band frequency, coupled with 116 Spot Beam. The 4.6-ton satellite is expected to provide faster internet connectivity and wider coverage for up to 15 years. 

With the presence of the Satria-1 satellite, it can provide internet access to 50,000 points in schools, health centers, local government offices, TNI, and Polri in frontier, underdeveloped, and outermost (3T) areas. The Satria-1 satellite is a national strategic project regulated in Presidential Regulation No. 56/2018 on Accelerating the Implementation of National Strategic Projects.

The procurement of this project adopts the Government Cooperation with Business Entities (PPP) scheme. Bakti Kominfo as the Person in Charge of the Cooperation Project (PJPK) has appointed a consortium of PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN) as the winner of the procurement tender on April 26, 2019. In addition, the PSN consortium has formed an Implementing Business Entity (BUP) named PT Satelit Nusantara Tiga (SNT) which is working on the Satria-1 satellite project.


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