Telkom to launch Telkom-3 satellite this year

25 Mar 2011

Indonesian online news agency Tempo Interactive reports that the country’s largest telecoms group PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) plans to launch the Telkom-3 satellite before the end of the year. According to the company’s corporation communications director, Eddy Kurnia, the USD200 million satellite is being built at the ISS-Reshetney factory in Russia, while French firm Thales Aleniaspace is working on the sub-system. ‘The completion and the launch are scheduled for the end of 2011,’ said Eddy. The Telkom-3 orbiter is being constructed based on a new medium-class platform dubbed ‘Ekspress-1000N’, and will carry 32 C-band transponders and ten Ku-transponders, equivalent to 49 TPE. Speaking at the time of the ISS-Reshetney contract award in March 2009, Telkom’s president Rinaldi Firmansyah said: ‘Telkom-3 Satellite is designated not only for commercial purpose and for satellite capacity improvement in enhancing ICT infrastructure quality but also for the government needs such as defence and security [military] and for the support of operations of state-owned firms as well.’

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