Musk to travel to Indonesia for Starlink launch, ministers say

Musk to travel to Indonesia for Starlink launch, ministers say
Musk to travel to Indonesia for Starlink launch, ministers say

Tycoon Elon Musk, owner of SpaceX, is expected to travel to Indonesia to launch his Starlink satellite unit this Sunday, according to two ministers.

Minister Luhut Pandjaitan, a close ally of President Joko Widodo, said Musk would launch the service on the vacation island of Bali alongside the Indonesian leader.

While Indonesian authorities have repeatedly announced that Musk would visit the country to attend events or discuss possible investments from his car company Tesla, this would be his first in-person visit.

He previously spoke via video link at a conference in Indonesia.

Mr. Musk is also expected to speak at the World Water Forum in Bali, Mr. Luhut said in a statement released Wednesday.

The Starlink launch will take place at a clinic in Bali’s capital Denpasar, where Musk was expected to sign a deal on connectivity for the health sector, Communications Minister Budi Arie Setiadi told Reuters on Thursday.

Starlink representatives in Indonesia could not immediately be reached to confirm Mr. Musk’s visit and the company did not immediately respond to an email sent outside of U.S. business hours.

Starlink obtained a permit to commercially offer its internet services in Indonesia earlier this month for retail consumers, Budi told Reuters last week.

Starlink will cooperate with local network service providers and Indonesia expects the company to provide internet services in remote areas. (Reporting by Ananda Teresia and Stefanno Sulaiman; Editing by Martin Petty)

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