BRI to Launch New Satellite, Improves Banking Services

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) is preparing experts to operate its satellite to be launched in the middle of next year.

    "We are training them on how to operate the satellite, and they are currently staying in the US, so that during [the satellite's] release, they will be able to operate it," BRI CEO Asmawi Syam said at the Jakarta Stock Exchange Building on Wednesday, November 11, 2015.

    The satellite is scheduled to be launched either on May or June 2016. "The preparation has reached 98 percent," said Asmawi. The team had just arrived at the location in San Francisco.

    The satellite will be launched using a rocket produced by a French rocket company Arianespace. Meanwhile, launch will take place in the State of Indiana, the United States.

    The satellite is expected to allow BRI to reach its customers located in remote areas. Asmawi said that the satellite, which caused US$200 million, will make BRI's banking services more efficient.