Intelsat, operator of one of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial networks and leading provider of inflight connectivity, along with Lintasarta, an Indonesian information and communication technology company via its mobile network operator subsidiary Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison, has announced the roll-out of a network to cover remote areas in Indonesia. Nearly 400 sites, across Central and Western Indonesia including Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Nusa Tenggara have received broadband connectivity with Intelsat’s help using cellular backhaul. In doing so, this is the first time a mobile operator is covering these areas.
“Indonesia’s unique array of topography makes satellite the best option for service. Pairing Intelsat satellites in a hybrid network solution proves to be the best real-world solution to provide countrywide coverage for different population densities,” said Gaurav Kharod, regional vice president of Intelsat, Asia Pacific. “Intelsat understands Lintasarta’s specific requirements and can craft a niche advantage for them to maximise existing hardware platforms to effectively provide the connectivity needed.”
“Intelsat has been and continues to be our trusted partner. The partnership has always allowed us to quickly deploy and expand network coverage wherever it’s needed in Indonesia. Tens of thousands of households will receive first-ever connectivity and benefit from digital connectivity,” said Zulfi Hadi, Marketing & Solution Director, Lintasarta.
Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, home to the world’s fourth-largest population. Its citizens are widely dispersed across 6,000 inhabited islands, residing in more than 500 districts and 80,000 villages.