Right on the 22 of February in 2019, it became a historic day for the Indonesian people. Indonesia’s long-term program for internet connectivity in the country will be realized and reach all islands in Indonesia. This is because the launch of Satelit Nusantara 1 as a manifestation of the purpose of BAKTI (Telecommunications and Information Accessibility Agency) to provide internet facilities and needs in areas not covered by fiber optic cables.
The satellite, called Nusantara 1, was officially launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, United States, on Friday (22/2) or on Thursday at around 8.45 local time. President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) immediately welcomed the launch of the satellite. “Right at 8.45 am WIB yesterday, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket took off into space from Cape Canaveral Florida, United States, bringing Indonesia’s Nusantara One Satellite to Earth orbit. “The internet service from this satellite will reach the entire Indonesian archipelago,” President Jokowi wrote through his @jokowi twitter account he uploaded yesterday.
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.
This satellite is the first broadband satellite in Indonesia to use High Throughput Satellite (HTS) technology that can provide broadband internet services with greater capacity up to 15 Gbps, or about three times the capacity of conventional satellites.
The navigation for this satellite is rented by the Ministry of Communication and Information (Kominfo) through BAKTI and 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.
In addition, the Next Generation Electric Propulsion technology embedded in Nusantara One is also able to make the weight of the satellite very light and make investment costs more affordable. Satelit Nusantara Satu Has a capacity of 26 C-band transponders and 12 Extended C-band transponders and 8 Ku-band spot beams with total bandwidth capacity and can reach 15 Gbps. C-band coverage and Extended C-band satellites cover the Southeast Asia region, while for Ku-Band covers the entire territory of Indonesia which consists of 8 Spot Beams on the HTS system.
In addition, these satellites produced by Space System Loral (SSL) use the SSL-1300-140 platform which is capable of orbiting for more than 15 years. This satellite has a weight when the launch reaches 4,100 kilograms.
Director of the PSN Network, Heru Dwikartono added, after orbiting, Satellite Nusantara One will be used for the Government’s need to disseminate the internet to various villages in Indonesia. In addition, the satellite is also used to strengthen PSN’s retail services through my Ubiqu and Sinyalk products.
Ubiqu is the main product of PSN to serve internet needs in Indonesia in promoting economic growth and realizing the welfare of the entire community. Heru explained, currently there are around 3 thousand villages that have been connected with Ubiqu. It is expected that by the end of 2019, 10,000 villages will have been connected to Ubiqu and in 2020-2021 25 thousand villages have been connected.
The Satellite Nusantara Project This one spends around US $ 230 million, with 70 percent funding from Canada’s Export Development Canada (EDC), and the rest from PSN’s internal cash.
This satellite also cooperates with PT Asuransi Jasa Indonesia (Jasindo) which will provide full protection for the risk of launch and operation when the satellite has orbited.