The Jakarta Post reports that satellite communication provider Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN), working in partnership with Indonesian telcos Indosat Ooredoo and Pintar Nusantara Sejahtera (PNS), aim to launch a newly built communications satellite – named Nusantara Dua – from Xichang in China’s Sichuan province later this month. Built by China Great Wall Industry Corporation, the new orbiter is set to replace the Palapa-D satellite to serve broadband internet access and high-quality broadcasting services, PSN confirmed. ‘We hope Nusantara Dua will further strengthen the position of the PSN business group as a major and leading player in the Indonesian satellite industry,’ PSN president Adi Rahman said in a statement. Under the plan, the three companies have set up a joint venture, Palapa Satelit Nusa Sejahtera (PSNS), to operate Nusantara Dua. The new satellite forms part of a long-term solution to replace the aging Palapa-D satellite located at 113 East Longitude, and will have a capacity of 20×36MHz C-band FSS transponders and 9.5Gbps high throughput satellite (HTS). The satellite, with a lifetime of up to 15 years, can cover regions throughout Asia Pacific and to Australia for C-band transponders and throughout Indonesia for HTS. If all goes to plan it will be ready for service in June 2020.