Indosat telecom operators will allocate a budget of USD 200 million to USD 250 million for the design, production, until the launch of Palapa-E is planned orbiting in 2016.
“It costs USD 200 million to USD 250 million. Now again the manufacturing design process,” said Indosat President Director & CEO Alexander Rusli in a short message on Monday (06/05/2013).
For process design, production and launch of the Palapa-E later, Indosat took Orbital Sciences Corporation of the United States. The satellite will orbit at 150.5 East longitude slot (BT).
Satellite launch plan is to serve the needs of the community of telecommunications services and to support the government in maintaining state assets associated orbital slot 150.5 BT.
“Indosat has experienced in providing telecommunications services over satellite networks since 1967 and currently has Indosat satellite network covers the territory of Indonesia, ASEAN, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Australia,” he said.
Currently operate Indosat Palapa-C2 at 150.5 slot BT and Palapa-D in slot 113 BT through ground stations in Jatiluhur, West Java.
Palapa-C2 satellite was launched in 1996. Palapa-D satellite while occupying slot 113 BT, launched on August 31, 2009 from Xichang, China.
“We are ready to support Indosat as our customer, in this important project for Indonesia. We believe that Geostar-2 satellite from Orbital is the optimal solution to meet the needs of Indosat satellite,” said Executive Vice President and General Manager, Satellites and Space Systems Group , Orbital Sciences Corporation, Mike Larkin.
Palapa-E will have a capacity that consists of a C-band transponders as well as standard and extended Ku-band transponders (optional). The satellite will serve parts of Indonesia, ASEAN and Asia Pacific Regional.
This satellite will also be part of the backbone network to support the entire service Indosat, both cellular, fixed telecommunications, and data remains.
Indosat Satellite services provided include Transponder Lease as basic services to meet the connectivity needs of corporations and governments, such as for e-ID card networks, ISPs, and other network through VSAT, and DigiBouquet and telecast to meet customer service broadcasting.
“Business lease satellite transponder as it continues to grow we will fill the slot,” explained Alex.
Palapa-D satellite in orbit 113 BT site has broadcast 55 TV channels and 5 radio channels free-to-air (not paid) from within and outside the country including most of the national TV and enjoyed by approximately 15 million receivers in Indonesia .
This satellite is also a mainstay means of broadcasting for three pay-TV operators nationwide with a total of 200 channels pay channels.