After success with the launch of merah putih satellites and Nusantara, Indonesia again began to add the number of satellites that needed to maximize the speed of internet access to all corners of Indonesia. Telecommunications and Information Accessibility Agency (BAKTI) The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (Kominfo) has just signed a cooperation agreement on the Multi-Function Satellite (SMF) project called Satellite Republic of Indonesia (Satria). The project will begin work at the end of 2019 by the French satellite company Thales Alenia Space. According to Minister of Information and Technology Rudiantara, Satria is different from the previous satellite that Indonesia already had.
Satellites that are already owned by Indonesia are currently aimed at fulfilling cellular telecommunications needs. Meanwhile, Satria is projected to fulfill the integrity of the internet and be able to reach a wider area, especially in the 3T (lagging, foremost, and outermost) and border areas. There are 150,000 service points planned by Satria.
If detailed by region, there are 54,400 points in Sumatra, 19,300 in Kalimantan, 23,900 points in Sulawesi, 18,500 in Papua and Maluku, 13,500 in Bali and Nusa Tenggara, and 19,400 points on Java. All of these points will target the public service sector. Of the type of designation. 93,400 points are intended for schools, 3,700 health service points, 3,900 polhukam sectors, and 47,900 regional office points.
With this satellite, Rudiantara hopes that the construction of an internet connection is not only centered on Java. “It should not be built on Java, we have to distribute it to 150,000 regions. There may be five locations, each with 30 thousand points. Level development to outside Java,” continued Rudiantara.
This design project takes around 3.5 years. The internet satellite is planned to be completed in 2022 and will be ready for operation in 2023. Satria will arrive at orbit 146 BT uses Ka-band frequency with very High Throughput Satellite (HTS) technology with a capacity of 150Gbps.
Like the Palapa Ring project, the SMF project will also use the PPP scheme. This scheme is a combination of the government and private entities, so it does not directly burden the state budget. To note, this cooperation project was signed by Kominfo, Indonesian Infrastructure Guarantee Corporation (PII) as guarantor, and PSN consortium as the executor with PT Satelit Nusantara Tiga as the Implementing Business Entity (BUP). The PSN consortium consists of PT Pintar Nusantara Sejahtera, PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara, PT Dian Semesta Sentosa, and PT Nusantara Satelit Sejahtera.