Indonesia pilots plan for unmanned aircraft to deliver high bandwidth telecoms

Indonesia pilots plan for unmanned aircraft to deliver high bandwidth telecoms

UK-based Stratospheric Platforms Limited (SPL) has received investment from PT Profesional Telekomunikasi Indonesia (PROTELINDO), the largest telecommunication infrastructure company in Indonesia, to deliver high bandwidth telecoms by unmanned aircraft.

SPL seeks to provide high bandwidth telecoms network coverage from the stratosphere using hydrogen-powered High-Altitude Platforms (HAPS).

The partnership – and related investment – will enable SPL to explore with PROTELINDO the development of a market-leading and innovative HAPS solution to address Indonesia’s challenging topography toward a world-class telecoms network.

Once developed, SPL’s HAP unmanned aircraft will have the ability to provide direct coverage to users over 15,000 km2 and connection speeds of up to 200 Mbps – with full 5G compatibility and terrestrial network integration – across all climates, conditions and terrains.

“We are delighted to be working with the PROTELINDO team as we look forward to building on our recent 5G stratospheric demonstrations and move to our production standard hydrogen-powered aircraft and full-service roll-out,” said SPL CEO Richard Deakin.

“We believe SPL’s HAP aircraft can serve as a ‘tower in the sky’ for areas with telecom coverage challenges,” said Ferdinandus Aming Santoso, CEO, PROTELINDO Group. “This capability is relevant in both developed and emerging markets.”

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