Indonesian Internet Takes Off with Satellite Links

SINGAPORE (06/08/2000) - Indonesia's satellite-based Internet service has "created a great deal of interest" in its first month of operation, according to officials of the service provider PT. Satelit Palapa Indonesia (Satelindo).

The company's PalapaNet service can address the difficulties of providing reliable Internet access in a country with 13,000 islands and a relatively poor fixed-line telecommunications infrastructure, the officials said at the CommunicAsia show here today.

Uplink to the Asia-Pacific Palapa-C satellite is carried out through VSAT (very small aperture terminal) dishes run by an ISP or directly at a company's office, and reconnected to the terrestrial Internet at the Asia Broadcast Center, located in Singapore.

The service can offer data transfer speeds to 10M bits per second (bps) to a group of users in a building who would otherwise probably be limited to dial-up connections offering 28K bps or 56K bps. This will help multinational corporations and local small businesses establish reliable connections capable of supporting electronic commerce, Satelindo said.

Satelindo did not quote prices for the corporate PalapaNet service, but said its service was aimed at "small to medium sized businesses who previously could not justify US$2,000 to $3,000 a month for a dedicated 7 by 24 connection to the Internet."

PalapaNet also offers greater bandwidth to ISPs using point-to-point SCPC (single channel per carrier) service, the company said.

Palapanet can be contacted at +62-21-5438-7761 or on the Web at http://www.palapanet.com/.

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