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Indonesia’s Lippo Group set to launch new era in satellite TV

Heralding a new era in telecommunications, the Lippo Group is set to launch a satellite today that will connect the country’s vast archipelago and much of Asia, the Jakarta Globe reports.

The satellite will bring information and television programs across 400 channels to millions of Indonesian homes. 

Rezlan Ishar Jenie, the Indonesian ambassador to France, said that the satellite launch was an important event in information and telecommunications for Indonesia. 

“With this satellite, our people in remote islands will have access to information,this is important because it will unite our country and enable people to connect with each other.” he said.

The satellite’s transponder will have the ability to relay direct-to-home broadcasts across Asia and Oceania. Media research company Media Partners Asia estimates that by 2020 there will be 318 million new television subscribers in Asia, with 5 percent of those being in Indonesia.