Jakarta. Telkom Indonesia's Merah Putih satellite was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Tuesday (07/08).
The launch simultaneously marks Telkom's 42 years in business and satellite communication operations and the anniversary of Indonesia's independence on Aug. 17.
"Thank God, with the help of the government and the Indonesian people, Merah Putih was successfully launched today," Telkom president director Alex Sinaga said, a few moments after the launch.
The satellite, developed by SSL and launched by SpaceX, features 60 transponders and will cover Indonesia, Southeast Asia and South Asia, strengthening Telkom's reach and business in the region.
The satellite will provide broadband communications in areas that are unreachable by fiber-optic cables and other communication systems.
"The Merah Putih satellite will cover all of Indonesia, Southeast Asia and South Asia. Hopefully, its presence will further reduce the digital divide in Indonesia and strengthen Telkom's businesses abroad," Alex said.
"The satellite will hopefully help strengthen the country's digital development and boost Telkom's role as an enabler of national digital economic progress, in line with the government's goal to make Indonesia a digital economic powerhouse in Southeast Asia," he added.