Kacific selects Indonesia’s Petro1 for ground infrastructure services for new GEO sat

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Singapore-based broadband satellite operator Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific) has selected ICT systems integrator PT. Petro One Indonesia (Petro1) to provide ground infrastructure services in Indonesia for first geostationary satellite, Kacific1, which will launch on SpaceX at the end of 2019.

Petro1 will host, operate and provide first level support for Kacific’s gateway hub at its secure facilities in Surabaya and Pasuruan, East Java, Indonesia. The primary gateway will include a 9-metre antenna and associated equipment to transmit and distribute data to and from the satellite. An additional diversity site, over 60 kilometres away, will ensure availability and a redundancy capability, and a data centre for system servers.

Kacific1, a High-Throughput Satellite (HTS), will operate 56 spot beams in the
Ka-band to provide high-speed broadband to Indonesia’s many islands and surrounding ocean. The satellite will target remote islands and help connect some of the estimated 119 million people, and provide services such as mobile backhaul for cellular networks and broadband internet over VSAT for small and medium-sized businesses.

“Kacific chose to locate its ground infrastructure in Indonesia because it is a priority market for us,” says Kacific CEO, Christian Patouraux. “Our high-speed broadband will supplement and augment the Government connectivity programmes which aim to strengthen broadband infrastructure across the nation. Petro1 has a highly trained technical team and access to excellent facilities, which will ensure the optimal performance of the Kacific1 satellite in Indonesia.”

Petro1 CEO Marlina Sagaf says, “We are very pleased to have won the trust and business of Kacific for this long-term teleport hosting, support and the maintenance component of this remarkable high-speed satellite. Petro1 and Kacific will bring to the Indonesian people a great internet usage enabler to the entire Indonesian archipelago, especially for people and businesses in rural or remote locations. Together with Kacific, our Petro1 team intends to provide a robust and reliable high speed VSAT service from our earth station locations in Surabaya and Pasuruan.”

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