JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesian government and the private sector signed an agreement on cooperation, guarantee, and regress of the Multifunctional Satellite or called Satellite Republic of Indonesia (SATRIA). The project its expected began the construction at the end of 2019 help by France’ satellite manufacturer France, Thales Alenia Space.
This project ispart of a national strategic project as stated in Presidential Regulation Number 56 Year 2018.
After the signing ceremony in Jakarta, on Friday (05/03), Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Darmin Nasution said, that the SATRIA is planned to be completed and ready to be launched in the second quarter of 2022.
After reaching orbit 146BT, SATRIA that uses Ka-band frequencies with very High Throughput Satellite technology with 150Gbps frequency capacity is expected to be operate in early 2023. The coverage of the satellite will reach almost 150 thousand public service points, which consist of educational facilities, health facilities, defense and security administration, and regional government across the nation.
According to the Minister of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Rudiantara, this project was sought to solve the problem of connectivity for the government public services, especially in disadvantaged, frontier and outermost areas and borders.
“Indonesia’s geographical condition as an archipelagic country which is quite challenging in providing terrestrial networks is the main reason so that satellite technology is the right solution in alleviating the gap in broadband internet access,” he explained.
PT Penjaminan Infrastruktur Indonesia (PII), which is one of the finance ministry’ Special Mission Vehicle, on the same occasion signed the guarantee agreement with PT Satelit Nusantara Tiga as the implementing business entity and the SATRIA project regress agreement.
After the construction of the West, Central, and East Palapa Ring Broadband optical fiber network, this multifunctional satellite project is the fourth project at the ICT ministry used the public-private partnership scheme. The return on investment in this project is done through an availability payment scheme with a 15-year concession period.
This scheme is a form of the government effort to build infrastructure through synergy with the private sector, without imposing a budget ahead. This is in line with the government’ aspiration to realize equitable access for information in all corners of the country.
Previously, PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN) consortium, consisting of PSN, PT Pintar Nusantara Sejahtera, PT Dian Semesta Sentosa, and PT Nusantara Satelit Sejahtera had been named the winners of the US$1.5 billion projects.
The government currently has conventional satellites and has to pay up to Rp18 million ($1,285.71) for every megabit per second. Then, with multifunctional satellites, the number can go down to Rp6 million per Mbps.
This multifunctional satellite will serve 149,400 service locations consisting of around 93,900 schools, 47,900 government offices, 3,900 police and army offices, and 3,700 health centers with 30 Mbps internet access speeds.
Its expected that this satellite capacity will be 150 Gbps for all of Indonesia. This multifunctional satellite project is stated to have a capital expenditure value of Rp6.7 trillion with a total operational cost of Rp1.6 trillion.
With this cooperation, the ministry plans to procure government multifunctional satellites with the latest technology, namely high throughput satellite through the Telecommunications and Informatics Financing Provider and Management Center with an investment of Rp7.7 trillion with a 15-year concession period.
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