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Axiata Partners with Thaicom to Connect Underserved Areas in Indonesia with High Throughput Satellite Coverage

2 May 2017

Axiata Group Berhad  has signed a four-year, multi-transponder contract for leased capacity and teleport services with IPSTAR International Pte Limited (“IPSTAR”), a subsidiary of Thaicom Public Company Limited (“Thaicom”).

The partners inked the deal for Axiata Business Services to purchase the remaining capacity on IPSTAR over Indonesia to deliver Axiata’s operating company, PT XL Axiata Tbk  (“XL”), over 1 Gbps High Throughput Satellite (HTS) capacity for the provision of broadband services in Indonesia.

According to the terms of the agreement, Axiata Business Services will use capacity of up to seven KU-band shaped and spot beams on the IPSTAR-1 broadband satellite located at 119.5° east for the provision of broadband services in Indonesia, including broadband access direct to residential and enterprise premises, and cellular network backhaul.

“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,” said Asri Hassan Sabri, Group Chief Business Operations Officer of Axiata. “Where terrestrial-based connectivity is limited or unavailable, HTS connectivity serves as an enabler to unlock the digital ecosystem for new market opportunities. As the world’s first ever HTS, launched in 2005, Thaicom’s IPSTAR helps us to connect users in remote and underserved areas of Indonesia cost-effectively. We are confident that the partnership will enable us to continue to grow our business faster without infrastructure limitations.”