Indonesia Makes History with the Launch of Satria-1 Satellite

Indonesia made history on June 18, 2023, by successfully launching the Nusantara Tiga Satellite, also known as the Republic of Indonesia Satellite (Satria), from Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States. This satellite is the largest multifunctional satellite in Asia and the sixth largest in the world, with a capacity of 150 Gbps.

Satria was launched to improve internet service coverage in remote, underserved, and outermost regions of the country. The focus of its services is on education, healthcare, local government, and law enforcement.

PT Surveyor Indonesia (PTSI) was appointed as the sole independent overseer from state-owned enterprises in this government satellite project.

PTSI was designated as the Independent Supervising Consultant (KPI) by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (Kominfo) and PT Satelit Nusantara Tiga (SNT) to oversee the Government Multifunctional Satellite Project (SATRIA-1) from the design and construction phases to operational implementation.

M Haris Witjaksono, the CEO of PT Surveyor Indonesia, explained that the company's main task and function is to monitor, control, and align the procurement of the Ka band HTS multiple spotbeam satellite, including 11 Gateway Hubs and reference terminals and their support systems, to achieve optimal, efficient, and timely project outcomes, from launch encompassing design, fabrication, testing, to commercial service (COD).

"This includes ensuring the alignment of activities carried out by PT SNT with the Public-Private Partnership Project Cooperation Agreement for the Provision of Government Multifunctional Satellite between Kominfo and SNT," said Haris on Tuesday, June 20, 2023.

In carrying out its work, PTSI has formed a consortium with a US-based foreign consultant, Hise Inc, which has expertise in the field of Space Segment Satellites and the current technology being used, namely High Throughput Satellite (HTS).

PTSI has been involved in the Satria project since 2020 and will continue its involvement for two years following the satellite's operation. The satellite is expected to start serving internet connectivity in Indonesia between late 2023 and early 2024.

The involvement of PTSI as an independent overseer brings several benefits, including assisting the government, specifically Bakti Kominfo, and PT SNT in improving the quality of public services and contributing to the development of digital infrastructure by ensuring connectivity throughout Indonesia.

This aims to provide connectivity to approximately 150,000 public service points, including 93,900 schools, 47,900 village/subdistrict/district offices, 3,700 healthcare centers, hospitals, and other health service points, 3,900 defense and security administration offices, as well as areas that are not connected to existing satellites or terrestrial telecommunication infrastructure.

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