Axiata and Thaicom delivering High Throughput Satellite to Indonesia

Axiata and Thaicom delivering High Throughput Satellite to Indonesia

XL Axiata will provide satellite broadband services throughout Indonesia following a new agreement between Axiata Business Services and Thaicom subsidiary IPSTAR.

According to the terms of the agreement, Axiata Business Services will use capacity of up to seven KU-band shaped and spot beams on the IPSTAR-1 broadband satellite located at 119.5° east for the provision of broadband services in Indonesia, including broadband access direct to residential and enterprise premises, and cellular network backhaul.

Asri Hassan Sabri, Group Chief Business Operations Officer of Axiata, said: “Where terrestrial-based connectivity is limited or unavailable, HTS connectivity serves as an enabler to unlock the digital ecosystem for new market opportunities. Thaicom’s IPSTAR helps us to connect users in remote and underserved areas of Indonesia cost-effectively. We are confident that the partnership will enable us to continue to grow our business faster without infrastructure limitations.”

Dian Siswarini, Chief Executive Officer of XL, added, "As the biggest archipelago in the world, there are many areas and islands in Indonesia that have not been served by internet services as yet. We believe the availability of HTS will help us to cover these unserved areas with considerable economic potential. On top of that, it will enable us to support the local community’s economic growth and Indonesian government’s vision to accelerate the national development of digital economy across Indonesia."

Patompob Suwansiri, Chief Commercial Officer of Thaicom Public Company Limited, said, “We are committed to working with leading mobile network operators throughout Asia Pacific to facilitate the growth of wireless broadband and other digital services in remote and underserved areas.”

The IPSTAR-1 satellite was launched in 2005 and was the first HTS ever launched into orbit. IPSTAR cellular backhaul and direct to premise broadband connectivity provides telecom operators with the ability to expand their networks, launch new broadband services and reach underserved areas quickly and cost-effectively. 

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