Kanaka Hidayat

Technical Advisor Satellite Infrastructure


Republic of Indonesia

Kanaka Hidayat is presently managing Neusat a VSAT start up while consulting for several satellite deployment activities. The consultation service includes project development for BAKTI-Kominfo HTS satellite program as well managing regulatory issues for a mobile satellite service start up with Southeast Asian coverage (2017–now). Previously, Kanaka was Managing Director in Intelex Group, a terrestrial based Network Service Provider in Central Java, Indonesia, between 2013-2016, and as consultant for BRI Bank, which became the first bank in the world to launch its own satellite, BRISat in 2016. During 2009-2013, Kanaka helped to establish BBSI (Broadcast & Broadband Service) by establishing a satellite teleport facility for ABS (Asia Broadcast Satellite) in Jakarta which is still in operation as of to date. Kanaka keeps its active participation in various industry association such as MASTEL (Indonesian ICT Community) and ASSI (Indonesian Satellite Association). Previous membership in FTTH (Fiber To The Home) Indonesia, IDWiBB (Indonesian Wireless Broadband) has been discontinued to focus on satellite industry.

Between 2008-2009, Kanaka was a consultant to Witelcom (Norwegian based wireless broadband manufacturer) to develop business in Indonesia; during which Kanaka also managed a wireless communication project for TEG (The Emergence Group) (Washington, DC based). Between 2006 to 2008, as Director of Motorola Indonesia Network Division, Kanaka was involved in the early implementation of CDMA network, Telkom Flexi in Sumatera and West Java. In addition, Motorola Network pushed the business further to engage beyond GSM toward wireless broadband through Canopy® and WiMAX network.

Kanaka Hidayat’s career in telecommunication started in 1985 as technician in a small but aggressive technology company: Research and Data Systems Corporation in Lanham, Maryland, USA. This position lead to a following opportunity in INTELSAT, then the largest satellite operator in the world, headquartered in Washington DC. As an Engineer in the Ground Network Development Lab, Kanaka was involved with several satellite ground network projects including INTELSAT V, VI, and VII series satellites. Subsequently, Kanaka was a Section Manager in Information Systems Department in charge of Help Desk providing support to all INTELSAT internal user until 1995 with the calling of a new startup, Satelindo. In the newly created company, Kanaka was responsible for the implementation of Palapa-C satellite operation. As General Manager, Kanaka spearheaded additional value added services in Palapa satellite systems. The Division was first in the company to be ISO9002 certified. Beginning January 1998 Kanaka was also appointed as Vice President of Satellite Systems Marketing to develop further the satellite business.
Kanaka left Satelindo in 2001 to join SpeedCast (HongKong), delivering broadband via satellite throughout Southeast Asia. Using his various experiences, Kanaka was also involved with several startup ventures mostly in internet and broadband. Kanaka served briefly in developing growth strategy for Paktel VSAT in 2003 as an independent member of the Board of Director.