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Satcoms to bring broadband access to rural Indonesia

Satcoms to bring broadband access to rural Indonesia

Teleglobal and SES are partnering to deliver satellite-based broadband access to underserved parts of  Indonesia.

Communities in remote areas of Indonesia will soon be able to enjoy reliable broadband internet access delivered by Teleglobal, a telecommunication company offering end-to-end solutions to the cellular services provider, government, enterprise and public sectors.

The offering will be enabled by SES Networks’ managed data services and the SES-12 satellite, according to leading satellite operator SES. The Teleglobal and SES Networks partnership is aligned with the Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology’s universal service obligation (USO) project, via its USO agency Badan Aksesibilitas Telekomunikasi dan Informasi (BAKTI). This project aims to provide broadband Internet access and mobile backhaul services to 150,000 sites in remote parts of the country.

The five-year agreement will see Teleglobal contract 1.3 GHz of capacity on SES-12, one of SES’ high throughput satellites (HTS) covering the Asia-Pacific region, with an option to extend for a further five years. The largest SES GEO HTS covering Asia-Pacific has six regional beams and 72 high throughput user spot beams and, says SES, can provide cost-effective solutions for broadcasters, content operators, mobile network operators, Internet service providers, enterprise, maritime and aeronautical and government customers across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

The new satellite-based service will be rolled out across 15,000 locations in Indonesia in the first phase, which will enter service in Q3 2019. 

Internet penetration is patchy in Indonesia. SES cites data released by the Indonesian Internet Service Providers Association (APJII), that suggests that 55% of the country’s population was connected to the internet in 2017, but this includes a strong urban take-up. The figure gets as low as 19% of the population in Sumatra and even lower in outlying areas.

In view of this, Teleglobal and SES’ project is aimed at complementing the ongoing Palapa Ring project spearheaded by BAKTI, which involves connecting the major islands in Indonesia with 11,000km of undersea fibre optic cables to provide broadband internet infrastructure.

The result, the partners suggest, could be regular and reliable e-government and other essential services to the underserved rural communities of Indonesia – another reminder of the continuing relevance of satellite-based networks, even in a world where billions are connected by mobile phone. 

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