Dwi Tunggal Putra (DTP) and SES Networks signed a partnership agreement to enable residents of 158 villages in remote parts of Indonesia’s West Java Province to access crucial online resources such as educational content, as well as unlocking the potential of the region’s digital economy.
The Smart Village project, spearheaded by Indonesia’s telecommunication and information accessibility agency, Badan Aksesibilitas Telekomunikasi dan Informasi (BAKTI), aims to bridge the digital divide and bring much-needed e-government and other essential services to underserved rural communities of Indonesia.
Under the multi-year agreement, DTP will be using high-throughput capacity on the SES-12 satellite to support the Smart Village project and fulfill the government’s universal service obligation (USO).
SES Networks is already serving the BAKTI Leased Capacity Project using the SES-12 ground station in Indonesia.
A nation-wide survey conducted by the Indonesian Internet Providers Association (APJII) found that while nationwide internet penetration has increased significantly, unequal access to the internet between urban and rural communities remains an issue, with 4G still not having reached over 12,000 villages across the country.
Edi Sugianto, chief commercial officer at DTP, said satellite connectivity plays a critical role in providing internet access to many of Indonesia’s villages and small towns located in remote areas.
“At DTP, we strive to bridge the digital divide by providing high-quality internet to these far-flung, remote communities and thereby allowing access to essential e-government, e-health and e-learning services, among others,” said Sugianto. “SES-12 was a ready-fit for DTP with the availability of high throughput capacity and operational gateways.”
Harsh Verma, regional director of sales for Asia at SES Networks, said that in a country as vast as Indonesia and with its 17,000-island archipelago, it is often cost-prohibitive or extremely difficult to connect remote areas via terrestrial infrastructure.
“Satellites, with their unparalleled reach, offer a cost-effective, secure and fast way to connect these remote communities,” he said. “We are excited to be working with DTP on this project and hope to further improve the lives of local communities through better connectivity.”
DTP has contracted substantial capacity on SES-12, a powerful high throughput satellite (HTS) orbiting at geostationary (GEO) orbit. SES-12 covers the Middle East and Asia-Pacific region with 72 high throughput user spot beams, as well as six regional beams.
Tailored for data-heavy applications, SES-12 promises cost-effective solutions for broadcasters, content operators, mobile network operators, internet service providers, enterprise, maritime, aeronautical and government customers.