Axiata Group, working through its 100% owned subsidiary Axiata Business Services, has signed a four-year, multi-transponder contract for leased capacity and teleport services with Thaicom’s Ipstar International to help connect users in remote and underserved areas of Indonesia. The deal will see Axiata Business Services purchase the remaining capacity on Ipstar over Indonesia to deliver Axiata’s local unit, XL Axiata, more than 1Gbps High Throughput Satellite (HTS) capacity for the provision of broadband services in Indonesia. Under the terms of the deal, Axiata will use KU-band capacity to offer broadband access direct to residential and enterprise premises, alongside cellular network backhaul.
Axiata Group chief business operations officer, Asri Hassan Sabri, said of the deal: ‘Where terrestrial-based connectivity is limited or unavailable, HTS connectivity serves as an enabler to unlock the digital ecosystem for new market opportunities … As the world’s first ever HTS, launched in 2005, 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.’