Indonesia appoints France’s Thales to build new satellite
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

Indosat has appointed Thales Alenia Space France (TASF) to build and launch its latest telecommunications satellite, Palapa D. In a statement, the company said the satellite will be launched in 2009 and have a service life of 15 years. It will replace its existing Palapa-C2 satellite which is set to end its service life in 2011.

Indosat president Johnny Swandi Sjam said in the statement that the satellite will be provided to TV broadcasters, VSAT providers and other corporate customers. Indosat will also use the new satellite as a backbone to support other services, such as cellular, fixed voice telecommunications and fixed data services.

The new satellite will have a larger capacity than its predecessor, with coverage extending to Indonesia, other Asian countries, the Middle East and Australia.

Indosat is 41.9 percent owned by Singapore’s ST Telemedia. Indonesia, an archipelagic nation heavily dependent on satellites for its telecommunications, has in the past mostly had its satellites built in the United States.

(Source: AFP)