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Kacific and Teleglobal support expansion of telecom networks in Indonesia

Kacific Broadband Satellites Group has partnered with PT Indo Pratama Teleglobal in Indonesia to provide a large-scale deployment of mobile backhaul services to major telecommunications operators.

Over the last year, the pair have connected hundreds of base sites across the Indonesian territory, capable of 4G services, to Kacific's high-throughput Ka-band satellite.

Kacific says the huge thirst for mobile backhaul services is driven by the government's goal of connecting the 3T (front, outermost, disadvantaged) areas of Indonesia with major telcos.

Indonesia's Ministry of Communication and Information (Kemenkominfo) and Telecommunications and Information Accessibility Agency (BAKTI) want to deploy close to 8,000 base stations by the end of 2022.

Teleglobal director Candra Bramono Indianto says telcos in Indonesia are stepping up to expand their networks and increase their capacity to meet government contracts and the rapidly growing data demands of Indonesians.

“With Kacific's state-of-the-art satellite technology, Teleglobal can connect base stations very quickly to supply telcos with large volumes of bandwidth and higher availability in terms of uptime or service for a competitive cost,” he says.

Kacific offers Teleglobal the flexibility to shift capacity in different beams and deploy capacity based on the requirements of different networks. Speeds of up to 85Mbps can be achieved on the small Kacific VSAT terminals that integrate into the telco's mobile network.

“We have been impressed with the Kacific team, who have delivered on very complex network integrations and who have worked with us at every stage to ensure a smooth process,” says Indianto.

The Kacific1 satellite provides widespread coverage across Indonesia from the tip of Sumatra to West Papua. Telcos in Indonesia join the list of customers, including in Papua New Guinea and Kiribati, that are using Kacific's mobile backhaul services.

Kacific chief commercial officer Brandon Seir says the partnership has allowed the company to draw on Teleglobal's expertise in Indonesia to connect even more people in rural areas through Kacific's mobile backhaul services.

“Teleglobal joins a growing list of Kacific enterprise customers using our high-throughput ka-band satellite to meet the government-led demand for equal access amongst citizens to reliable connectivity,” he says.

Indonesia is among the fastest-growing mobile markets in the world. At the start of 2022, there were around 370 million cellular mobile connections in Indonesia, equivalent to 133% of the total population. Many people use both a work and a personal mobile, so total connections are often higher than the total population.

The total time Indonesians spent on retail apps has skyrocketed from 2 billion hours in 2019 to nearly 5.6 billion hours in 2021, a 180% increase. Likewise, time spent on the top 20 video streaming apps also rose dramatically, surpassing 27 billion hours in 2021, an increase of 93% since 2019.

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