Kacific has partnered with Indonesian operator Teleglobal to provide a large-scale deployment of mobile backhaul services to the archipelago’s major telecommunications operators.
Over the last year, the two firms have connected hundreds of 4G base stations across Indonesia to Kacific’s high-throughput Ka-band satellite. The country’s government is pushing to connect the 3T (front, outermost, disadvantaged) regions of Indonesia, driving a surge in demand for mobile backhaul services. The Ministry of Communication and Information (known as Kemenkominfo) and the Telecommunications and Information Accessibility Agency (BAKTI) are tendering major operators to deploy up to 8,000 base stations by the end of 2022.
“Telcos in Indonesia are stepping up to expand their networks and increase their capacity to meet both government contracts and the rapidly growing data demands of Indonesians,” said Candra Bramono Indianto, Director of Teleglobal. “With Kacific’s state-of-the-art satellite technology, Teleglobal can connect base stations very quickly to supply telcos with large volumes of bandwidth and higher availability in terms of uptime or service for a competitive cost.”
Kacific offers Teleglobal the flexibility to shift capacity in different beams and deploy capacity based on requirement with different networks. Speeds of up to 85Mbps can be achieved on the small Kacific VSAT terminals that integrate into the telco’s mobile network. The Kacific1 satellite provides widespread coverage across Indonesia from the tip of Sumatra through to West Papua.
“Working with Teleglobal has allowed us to draw on their expertise in Indonesia to connect even more people in rural areas through our mobile backhaul services,” says Brandon Seir, Chief Commercial Officer, Kacific. “Teleglobal joins a growing list of Kacific enterprise customers using our high-throughput ka-band satellite to meet the Government-led demand for equal access amongst citizens to reliable connectivity.”
Indonesia is among the fastest growing mobile markets in the world. At the start of 2022, there were around 370 million cellular mobile connections in Indonesia, equivalent to 133% of the total population. Many people use both a work and a personal mobile, therefore total connections are often higher than the total population.
The total time Indonesian’s spent on retail apps has skyrocketed from 2 billion hours in 2019 to nearly 5.6 billion hours in 2021, a 180% increase. Time spent on the top 20 video streaming apps also rose dramatically, surpassing 27 billion hours in 2021, an increase of 93% since 2019.
To ensure equal access for the 3T areas of Indonesia, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (Kominfo) through the Indonesian Information and Accessibility Agency (BAKTI) has channelled funding to mobile operators to deploy 4G base stations in rural areas.