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Intelsat and Lintasarta to Expand Internet and Mobile Access across Indonesia

July 1, 2019 - Intelsat has been selected by PT. Aplikanusa Lintasarta, a data communication, internet service, and IT services provider, to support the deployment and expansion of Indonesia’s broadband and wireless communications infrastructure, bringing reliable, consistent, and affordable connectivity to millions of Indonesians. Indonesia is home to the world’s fourth largest population. Its citizens are widely dispersed, residing in more than 500 districts and 80,000 villages spread across approximately 6,000 inhabited islands. Under a new, five-year agreement, Lintasarta will use overlapping coverage from two of Intelsat’s high-throughput satellites, Intelsat 33e and Horizons 3e, which cover the Asia Pacific and Pacific Ocean region. The satellites provide broadband, mobility, and government customers who operate in the region with unmatched performance, resiliency, and redundancy. The Indonesian government – working through its universal service organization (USO) agency Badan Aksesibilitas Telekomunikasi dan Informasi (BAKTI) – has committed to fostering social development and accelerating equitable economic growth by connecting 150,000 sites across the country by the end of 2023. In April 2019, Lintasarta was selected by Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology to advance its USO program, “Internet Fixed Broadband and Mobile Cellular Backhaul over Indonesia via a GEO Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) System.”

Hughes JUPITER System Selected to Power New Indonesian High‐Throughput Satellite

July 1, 2019 - Hughes Network Systems, LLC announced that its JUPITER™ System has been chosen as the ground network platform for a new satellite over Indonesia. The contract for construction and operation
of the 150 Gbps "Multifunctional Satellite" has been awarded by the Government of Indonesia, through its Ministry of Communication and Informatics, to the PSN Consortium led by PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN), the first private satellite telecommunication and information service provider in Indonesia. Hughes will provide the ground system to enable broadband satellite connectivity across the island nation. In addition to PSN, the PSN Consortium includes Indonesian companies PT Pintar Nusantara Sejahtera, PT Dian Semesta Sentosa and PT Nusantara Satelit Sejahtera. Utilizing a JUPITER System operating over its Nusantara Satu (PSN VI) High Throughput Satellite, PSN currently delivers broadband services to consumers and enterprises and powers 2,000 Community Wi-Fi Hotspots, providing satellite Internet access to one million Indonesians. Employing the advanced DVB-S2X industry standard, the JUPITER System is becoming the platform of choice by operators globally, delivering high capacity and efficiency for any satellite broadband implementation. A family of terminals can be readily configured for all customer markets – consumer, enterprise and government – and JUPITER System gateways can be scaled to the multi-Gbps capacity requirements of next-generation HTS systems such as the Multifunctional Satellite.

Scandinavian Airlines Selects Inmarsat’s GX Aviation

July 1, 2019 - Inmarsat’s GX Aviation inflight broadband service has been selected by Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) for its brand new fleet of Airbus A350 aircraft. SAS has ordered a number of new Airbus A350 aircraft as part of an extensive fleet renewal programme, the first of which will be delivered from the Airbus factory in Toulouse at the end of this year with GX Aviation pre-installed. The aircraft has been named ‘Ingegerd Viking’ and will officially enter service on 28th January 2020, serving long-haul routes to destinations such as Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Beijing, Tokyo, Shanghai and Hong Kong. GX Aviation’s unique proposition of fast, seamless global coverage was a key factor in its selection by SAS. SAS is the latest in a growing list of European airlines to offer passengers access to GX Aviation, the world’s first and only global, high-speed inflight connectivity service delivered through a wholly-owned and operated network of high-throughput satellites. The airline will also benefit from major upcoming enhancements to the GX network, with additional capacity being introduced by three new satellites launching in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

L3Harris Technologies Merger Successfully Completed

July 1, 2019 - L3Harris Technologies announced the successful completion of the all-stock merger between Harris Corporation and L3 Technologies on June 29, 2019. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, L3Harris is the sixth largest defense company in the U.S., and a top 10 defense company worldwide – with approximately $17 billion in revenue and 50,000 employees, including 20,000 engineers and scientists.

INRED Partners with SES Networks to Enable 1,000 Free Wi‐Fi Hotspots to Connect Colombia

July 3, 2019 - The Colombian Ministry of Telecommunications (Mintic) has selected local services provider INRED to install, operate and maintain 1,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in rural areas around the country as part of the Sustainable Universal Access project. Enabled by SES Network’s Signature Enterprise Solutions INRED will leverage managed satellite services with flexibility on capacity and coverage, and a tailored network management interface, SES announced. This project responds to Colombia’s "the digital future belongs to everyone" governmental initiative, which aims to accelerate the closing of the digital divide in Colombia and seeks strong cooperation between the private and public sectors to connect 100 percent of Colombians. INRED has become Colombia’s first certified partner for delivering SES Networks’ Signature Solutions and will leverage connectivity delivered by the SES-14 satellite, which comprises a mix of wide beams and high throughput (HTS) spot beams to cover the entire Latin America region, the Caribbean and the North Atlantic. By partnering with SES Networks, INRED is boosting Internet access in Colombia’s most sparsely populated areas, while fulfilling universal service obligation (USO) commitments. The deployment of INRED’s Wi-Fi hotspots will benefit 1,000 municipalities in the Colombian departments with the lowest Internet network penetration. The improved service will bring new opportunities for local communities and businesses.

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