Elon Musk arrived in Indonesia to launch Starlink satellite internet

Elon Musk arrived in Indonesia to launch Starlink satellite internet
Elon Musk arrived in Indonesia to launch Starlink satellite internet

DENPASAR, Indonesia — Elon Musk arrived on the Indonesian island of Bali on Sunday to launch Starlink satellite internet service in the world’s largest archipelago.

The billionaire head of Tesla and SpaceX arrived by private jet on the “island of the gods”, renowned for its tropical beaches, rice terraces, mystical temples and colorful spiritual offerings.

Elon Musk is expected to launch the service alongside Indonesian President Joko Widodo in a ceremony Sunday at a public health clinic in Denpasar, the provincial capital of Bali. Mr Musk will also sign an agreement to improve connectivity in the country’s health and education sectors, said Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Marine and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, who hosted the businessman at the airport.

Mr. Pandjaitan, a close ally of Widodo, did not provide further details on the agreement between the Indonesian government and SpaceX, the aerospace company that operates Starlink services.

He said launching the service at a health clinic aligns with Starlink’s broader mission to provide affordable access to high-speed internet services, particularly in underserved and remote areas.

Indonesia is a vast archipelago of 17,000 islands spread across three time zones with a population of more than 270 million.

“Our remote areas need Starlink to expand high-speed Internet services, especially to solve problems in the health, education and maritime sectors,” Pandjaitan told reporters before the ceremony.

Minister of Communication and Information Technology Budi Arie Setiadi said earlier that local Internet providers, which rely on base transceiver stations to transmit signals, are unable to reach the outer islands due to their limited coverage.

Starlink’s satellites, which remain in low orbit, will help them deliver faster internet speeds with nationwide coverage.

Indonesia, under Mr. Widodo, has promoted the development of the digital technology and information sectors, aiming to realize the government’s Golden Indonesia 2045 vision. The country hopes to become one of the top five global economies with a GDP of $9 trillion exactly a century after gaining independence.

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