CGWIC inks deal to build and deploy Indonesia’s Palapa-N1 broadband satellite

18 May 2017

China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) has signed a contract to build and launch Indonesia’s new Palapa-N1 telecommunications satellite, with deployment currently scheduled for 2020. According to local press reports, the orbiter will be a so-called ‘high-throughput satellite’, or HTS, based ‘on the Dongfanghong-4E satellite bus and launched by a Long March 3B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in China’s Sichuan province’. CGWIC signed the contract with Palapa Satelit Nusa Sejahtera (PSNS), a joint venture of Indosat Ooredoo and Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN) in Jakarta on 17 May 2017. Under the deal, the Chinese firm will supply the satellite (to be manufactured by the China Academy of Space Technology), launch services, ground systems, insurance and finance support. The Ku band HTS satellite will be used to provide broadband services to Indonesia and will be located at 113 degrees East in geostationary orbit, around 36,000km above the Earth, and will replace the Palapa-D orbiter.

Indonesia, Indosat Ooredoo (incl. IM2)