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Thales Alenia Space To Build Palapa-D Satellite For Indosat

Big iron for the booming satcom markets of Asia.
by Staff Writers
Jakarta, Indonesia (SPX) Jul 02, 2007
PT Indosat Tbk, today appointed Thales Alenia Space to build and launch the Palapa-D satellite. Palapa-D, which launch is expected during second half 2009, will replace Palapa-C2 satellite which will expired in 2011 placed in slot 113 degrees BT. Based on Thales Alenia Space Spacebus 4000B3 platform, Palapa-D satellite will have larger capacity compared to Palapa-C2 satellite of which it has 24 standard C-band, 11 extended C-Band and 5 Ku-band transponders, with coverage of Indonesia, ASEAN countries, Asian countries, Middle East and Australia. Palapa-D satellite will have a launch mass of 4.1 tons, a payload power of 6 kW and service life time of 15 years.

"The launch of Palapa-D satellite strongly shows our commitment to Indonesian telecommunication industry to provide the best and continuation services to customers who use our satellite service including TV broadcasters, VSAT providers and other corporate customers. Likewise to Palapa-C2 satellite, we will use Palapa-D satellite as the backbone to support other Indosat services, such as cellular, fixed voice telecommunications and fixed data services", said Johnny Swandi Sjam, President Director of PT Indosat.

Indosat appointed Thales Alenia Space to build and launch Palapa-D satellite through a tender process in which Indosat invited several potential experienced manufacturers from domestic and international. Indosat based the appointment of Thales Alenia Space on its capability to meet Indosat's requirements and its ability to provide competitive and comprehensive communications solutions. Indosat and Thales Alenia Space have jointly selected Long March 3B as the launch vehicle for the Palapa-D satellite.

Pascale Sourisse, President and CEO of Thales Alenia Space, added, "We are delighted to have been selected by INDOSAT for the construction and launch of Palapa-D. We have been involved from the early stages of the procurement process to define and offer Indosat an attractive technical and business proposal. I am very pleased that Indosat acknowledged our dedication and would like to assure them of our full commitment to the successful completion of this program."

"The cost of building and launching Palapa-D project is between US$200 - US$300 million. Indosat will finance this Palapa-D satellite with company's internal and external resources", added Johnny. The cost covers the development of the satellite, the launching cost, the launching insurance cost, Augmentation of Master Control Station and training for Indosat staffs.

"Today signing event, which was attended by the Minister of Communications and Informatics, members of the house of representatives and members of the Indonesian Telecommunications Regulatory Body, is the cornerstone for Indosat in the operation of satellite considering that Indosat started its businesses 40 years ago as the international telecommunication service provider with the use of satellite technology and also Indosat has operated Palapa-C2 Satellite since 1996", added Johnny.

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BC Partners Wins Control Of Satellite Group Intelsat
London (AFP) June 20, 2007
British investment fund BC Partners has bought a controlling stake in US firm Intelsat in a deal which values the world's biggest commercial satellite communications provider at 5.03 billion dollars. BC Partners and other unnamed investors have acquired 76 percent of shares in US-based Intelsat for the equivalent of about 3.75 billion euros, the pair said in a statement late Tuesday.

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