SSL selected as winner of procurement for communications satellite to Telkom, Indonesia's largest telecommunications and network provider

PALO ALTO, CA, Dec. 30, 2015 /CNW/ - Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it was selected to provide a communications satellite to PT Telkom Indonesia (Persero) Tbk, the largest telecommunication and network provider in Indonesia. SSL was informed last week that it is the winner of the procurement of the TELKOM-4 satellite, which will be used for fixed satellite services in Indonesia, India, and Southeast Asia.

"Satellite services are particularly important in regions such as Indonesia where the population is spread over thousands of islands," said John Celli, president of SSL. "For SSL, this is the third satellite for Indonesia that we will add to our backlog and we are honored to play such an important role in expanding the telecommunications infrastructure for the nation and the region." 

"Because our country consists of thousands of islands, Indonesia needs satellite technology," said Alex J Sinaga, president director and chief operating officer of Telkom. "Satellite complements our other technologies, such as submarine cable, as the backbone that connects the islands of Indonesia."

The satellite will be based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 platform, which provides the flexibility to support a broad range of applications and technology advances. It is designed to provide service for 15 years or more.

About Telkom

PT Telkom Indonesia (Persero) Tbk is the largest telecommunication and network provider in Indonesia. Serving millions of customers nationwide, we provide a strong portfolio of information and communication services, including fixed wireline, mobile cellular, data and internet, and network and interconnection services, directly or through our subsidiaries. We have broadened our business portfolio to encompass TIMES – telecommunications, information, media, edutainment and services. Telkom's shares are listed in the Indonesian Stock Exchange (IDX: TLKM) and its American Depository Shares are listed in the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: TLK).

About SSL

SSL, a subsidiary of MDA, is a leading provider of commercial satellites with broad expertise to support satellite operators and innovative space related missions.  The company designs and manufactures spacecraft for services such as direct-to-home television, video content distribution, broadband Internet, mobile communications, and Earth observation.  As a Silicon Valley innovator for more than 50 years, SSL's advanced product line also includes state-of-the-art small satellites, and sophisticated robotics and automation solutions for remote operations.  For more information, visit www.sslmda.com.

About MDA

MDA is a global communications and information company providing operational solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide.

MDA's business is focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential, primarily in the Communications sector and the Surveillance and Intelligence sector. In addition, the Company conducts a significant amount of advanced technology development.

MDA's established global customer base is served by more than 4,800 employees operating from 11 locations in the United States, Canada, and internationally.

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.'s (MDA) common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "MDA."

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