Hughes Network Systems today announced it has been selected by PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Persero) Tbk. (Bank BRI), a state-owned bank and the largest bank in Indonesia, to deploy its JUPITER System to power services over BRIsat, Bank BRI’s satellite covering Indonesia and Southeast Asia.
The satellite broadband solution will provide Bank BRI with an “enterprise grade” wide-area network (WAN) to connect tens of thousands of sites and meet customer banking needs throughout the region.
The solution claims to deliver 99.9 percent availability, and was selected through a competitive bidding process.
“Bank BRI is looking forward to working with Hughes to connect our Bank BRI sites and more than 50 million customers throughout Indonesia,” said Meiditomo Sutyarjoko, Head of Satellite & Terrestrial Division, PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Persero) Tbk. “We required a solution with high reliability, efficiency and scalability to enable branch- and mobile-based business and consumer banking applications across Indonesia, and we selected Hughes for their leading solution, technical expertise and global leadership in satellite connectivity.”
“Our partnership with Bank BRI is a testament to our commitment to helping to close the digital divide and enable new services for citizens around the world, no matter where they live,” said Ramesh Ramaswamy, SVP and GM, International at Hughes. “With our solution, Bank BRI will ensure financial data availability and transactions for its customers across the region, and we look forward to helping them meet their customers’ needs going forward.”
Hughes expects to fulfill the initial order for two gateways and several hundred sites by year-end.
On June 18, 2016, BRI launched BRIsat, making it the first bank in the world that owns and operates its own satellite. Procurement of this satellite was part of BRI’s strategic plan to strengthen the supporting infrastructure for digital services of the future, and a way to provide connectivity across more than 10,600 of its branches across Indonesia.
Backed by BRIsat satellites network, Bank BRI’s aim is to make its banking accessible across the archipelago, including in remote areas, providing the integrated financial access “of same quality as in the urban areas”.