TELKOMSAT LAUNCHES PATRAKOM-USAT
Jakarta and Singapore, 29 November 2018 – Telkomsat, the leading Indonesian service provider of maritime satellite and VSAT communications, today announced that it has entered a collaboration with THISS Technologies Pte Ltd of Singapore to launch a new broadband satellite communications service for maritime customers in the South East Asian region.
The new service dubbed Patrakom USAT was officially launched today at an event hosted at the Nongsa Point Marina in Batam, Kepulauan Riau. Initially employing two different regional Ku-band satellites, the service will start with coverage over the waters encompassing Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam and across the strategically important South China Sea region. In particular, the service is targeted towards smaller, regional and coastal vessels in sectors such as fisheries and offshore services.
“Telkomsat is pleased to bring this technology to the nation and region. As a subsidiary of PT. Telkom and with the vision of becoming a leading satellite service provider in the region, we have established several initiatives to enhance, integrate and innovate satellite capabilities with excellent satellite-enabled digital delivery services for sustainable competitive growth. One of the implementations of the initiative was to build a strategic partnership with THISS Technologies in developing maritime segment products and businesses from scalability and coverage aspects.” said Bogi Witjaksono, Chief Operating Officer of Telkomsat.
The system employs a stabilized maritime Ultra Small Aperture Terminal based on THISS technology. These small, easy-to-install, low-cost terminals have been widely deployed in other regions around the world in recent years to provide cost-effective voice and data connectivity to previously underserved segments.
“Traditionally the choice for many of the owners and operators of smaller vessels in terms of Internet connectivity was between either extremely expensive hardware, or extremely expensive airtime usage charges,” said Nicholas Cirillo, Managing Director of THISS. “With the smaller and cheaper terminals, we have been able to bring the barrier to entry for broadband communications down to a point where much wider adoption is possible. This will play a critical role in the modernization of industries such as fisheries, for efficient vessel management, and for improving the quality of life and well-being of millions of sea-farers.”
In 2018, Patrakom transformed into PT. Telkom Satelit Indonesia (Telkomsat) which integrates satellite management entities in Patrakom, Metrasat and Telkom Cibinong SBU. This is done to consolidate all Telkom satellite business resources into an integrated business vehicle. Telkomsat continues to expand its business in serving customers from various business segments including Maritime, Energy and Aviation. For more information, visit www.telkomsat.co.id