Axiata Group’s wholly owned subsidiary, Axiata Business Services, has signed a four-year, multi-transponder contract for leased capacity and teleport services with Thaicom’s broadband satellite business IPstar.
Under the deal, Axiata Business Services will purchase the remaining capacity on the IPstar-1 broadband satellite over Indonesia to secure over 1 Gbps in high throughput satellite (HTS) capacity for Indonesian operator XL Axiata to provide broadband services in the country, including broadband access for residential and enterprise premises, and cellular backhaul.
That capacity includes up to seven Ku-band shaped and spot beams on IPstar-1.
“Where terrestrial-based connectivity is limited or unavailable, HTS connectivity serves as an enabler to unlock the digital ecosystem for new market opportunities,” said Asri Hassan Sabri, group chief business operations officer of Axiata. “We are leveraging on Thaicom’s capabilities in Asia to grow our enterprise business quickly and flexibly while providing reliable broadband services to all potential customers regardless of location.”
XL Axiata CEO Dian Siswarini added that the availability of HTS would help the operator to cover unserved areas in Indonesia “with considerable economic potential”.
IPstar-1 (also known as Thaicom-4) was launched by Thaicom (then known as Shin Satellite) in 2005. With a payload designed for carrying broadband internet traffic, IPstar-1 is billed as the first HTS ever put in orbit.