Telkom, Indosat plan joint satellite launch

Dylan Bushell-Embling
20 Aug 2010

Indonesian operators PT Telkom and PT Indosat have teamed up to deploy a satellite for telecom and HDTV services at a cost of up to $200 million.

The new satellite will ultimately replace two existing craft in orbit, the Jakarta Post said.

For Indosat, the new satellite will replace its existing Palapa C-2, and for Telkom it will replace the Telkom-1. Both are expected to be decommissioned in 2014.

The total investment will depend on the number of transponders available on the craft, the companies have announced. Telkom's latest $200 million satellite has 48 transponders.

Preparatory work is expected to begin this year, and the bird should be in the air by 2014.

Indosat currently owns two satellites, while Telkom has two in operation and plans to launch a third next year.

The Indonesian government owns a majority stake in Telkom, and 11.3% in Indosat.

Indosat this week reported a 71.5% decrease in profit to 287.1 billion rupiah ($32.1m), while Telkom's profit fell slightly to 6 trillion rupiah from 6.04 trillion.


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