Jakarta. Telkom's Merah Putih Satellite, launched on Aug. 7, is now in orbit at 108 degrees east longitude.
On Aug. 18 the satellite finished its "orbit raising" phase on schedule.
"The satellite is currently in its orbital slot of 108 degrees east longitude, above the Karimata Strait, and right now is undergoing in-orbit tests," Telkom vice president of corporate communication Arif Prabowo said on Tuesday (21/08).
The tests will last 25 days. If successful, the satellite will be ready for use in the third week of September.
Arif said the satellite, developed by SSL and launched by SpaceX, features 60 transponders and will cover Indonesia, Southeast Asia and South Asia.
"We ask for prayers from Indonesians for the tests to go smoothly, so that the satellite could start operations as scheduled."
Telkom expressed hope that the satellite will be able to fulfill Indonesia's transponder needs and bridge the digital divide in the country.
The satellite will provide broadband connections in areas where fiber-optic cables do not reach.