China-Indonesia Satellite purchase contract

Added On May 19, 2017

Indonesia has signed a contract with Chinese firm for the purchase of China-made satellite system.
It is Indonesia's first communication satellite to be produced by China and scheduled to orbit in 2020.
Officials of China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) and Indonesia's Palapa Satelit Nusa Sejahter(PSNS), signed the contract in Jarkata on Wednesday. 
The satellite system, namely PALAPA-N1, is scheduled to orbit in first half of 2020.
CGWIC will oversee in-orbit delivery of the PALAPA-N1, and provide products and services to its Indonesian client.
The satellite will be launched by the Long March 3B launch vehicle from China's Xichang Satellite Launch Center.
It will provide the latest technology of High Throughput Satellite for broadcast and broadband telecommunications.
Indosat Ooredoo CEO Alexander Rusli said the new satellite would expand the reach of broadband in Indonesia.
SOUNDBITE(Bahasa Indonesia):ALEXANDER RUSLI,Indosat Ooredoo CEO 
"A satellite is a semi-commodity. So, whoever can produce beyond the minimum specs can join the bid. They can fulfill the technical specs and time requirement. Most cannot get it on time on 2020. That is part of the problem. So, timing is another one and the last is price."
Chinese Embassy official Sun Weide said the agreement reflects a closer partnership in the space sector. 
SOUNDBITE(English):SUN WEIDE, Chinese Embassy Charge d'Affaires
"I believe the signing of this very agreement today between CGWIC and PSNS will create great opportunities and set good example for our mutually beneficial cooperation."
Indonesian Informatics and Communications Minister Rudiantara welcomed the project, saying he hoped the satellite would improve broadcasting and broadband services across the country.
SOUNDBITE(English):RUDIANTARA, Indonesian ICT Minister 
"I would like to congratulate PSN Indosat and the China ecosystem because I was also advised China would be the one to manufacture the satellite, the one to launch the satellite, the one who finances the project as well. ”
The PALAPA-N1's satellite system is designed to last 16 years.