Indonesia confident ITU will OK Satria satellite deadline extension, starts shopping for interim 16 gbps

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Indonesian authorities said they are preparing a detailed statement to international regulators explaining how the Covid crisis has delayed construction of the Satria Ka-band broadband satellite and why Indonesia should be given a one-year deadline extension to put it into orbit.

They also said financing of the Satria satellite, the core of the $1.4-billion broadband deployment program managed by Indonesia’s Bakti agency, is about to clear final approvals from export-credit providers Bpifrance and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, AIIB.

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