Indonesia to clamp down on rules for foreign satellite broadcasters

9 Jan 2006

The Indonesian government is preparing new legislation to tighten up so-called ‘landing rights’ for foreign communications satellite operators offering broadcast services in the country. The move comes in the wake of the signing of a cooperation agreement in March 2005 between Malaysian satellite TV operator, Astro, and the Lippo Group, which owns the cableco Kabelvision, to provide satellite TV services. According to the state minister for communications and informatics officer Alexander Rusli, current landing rights rules lack definition and clarity, particularly in the areas of the mechanism, types and payment procedure used. Rusli says, however, that the Astro-Lippo Group tie-up requires a more comprehensive legal framework. Astro is intent on signing up millions of subscribers in a market which currently has only 1.4% of households subscribing to paid TV services. The satellite broadcaster is the third largest satellite TV operator in Malaysia with 1.8 million subscribers.

Indonesia, First Media