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SpaceX’s satellite internet service is launched in Indonesia by Elon Musk.

SpaceX's satellite internet service is launched in Indonesia by Elon Musk.
SpaceX's satellite internet service is launched in Indonesia by Elon Musk.
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On May 19, 2024, in a public health center in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, Elon Musk, second from right, and Indonesia’s Minister of Health, Budi Gunadi Sadikin, second from left, signed an agreement on improving connection.

With the goal of enhancing connectivity in isolated areas of the vast archipelago, Elon Musk and Indonesian Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin launched SpaceX’s satellite internet service for the country’s health sector on Sunday.

The wealthy CEO of SpaceX and Tesla (TSLA), Elon Musk, flew in by private aircraft to the Indonesian resort island of Bali and then went to a community health center in Denpasar, the provincial capital, to attend the launch ceremony.

Musk, sporting a green batik shirt, claimed that millions of people in remote areas of Indonesia would be able to use the internet thanks to the launch of the Starlink service. There are three distinct time zones and over 270 million people call this country home.

SpaceX's satellite internet service is launched in Indonesia by Elon Musk.

SpaceX’s satellite internet service was launched in Indonesia by Elon Musk.

Musk declared, “I’m really excited to bring connectivity to places that have low connectivity.” “Anything can be learned online if you have access to it.”

On Sunday, Starlink was introduced at three Indonesian health centers: one on the isolated island of Aru in Maluku and two in Bali.

During the launch, a video presentation was shown that demonstrated how fast the internet allowed data to be entered in real time to address health issues including malnourishment and stunting.

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When asked if he intended to make investments in Indonesia’s electric car market as well, Musk stated that Starlink was his top priority.

He explained, “I think it’s really important to emphasize the importance of internet connectivity and how much of that can be a lifesaver. We are focusing this event on Starlink and the benefits that connectivity brings to remote islands.”

The Indonesian government has been attempting for years to entice Elon Musk’s Tesla car company to establish electric vehicle manufacturing facilities in order to grow the EV industry by utilizing the abundant nickel resources in the nation.

On Monday, the tech billionaire is expected to meet with Indonesian President Joko Widodo and give a speech at the World Water Forum that is being held on the island.

The government would prioritize its services for remote and impoverished areas, but Starlink is now commercially available, according to Communications Minister Budi Arie Setiadi, who was present at the launch in Bali.

Before launching on Sunday, Budi Setiadi of Reuters reported that Starlink had been granted permission to function as a retail internet service provider and had been given the green light to supply networks after obtaining a very small aperture terminal (VSAT) authorization.

In terms of satellite internet, SpaceX’s Starlink dominates, with about 60% of the 7,500 satellites in orbit around Earth.

The third nation in Southeast Asia where Starlink will conduct business is Indonesia. Last year, Malaysia granted the company a license to offer internet services, and in 2022, a Philippine-based company inked a contract with SpaceX.

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Starlink is also widely utilized in Ukraine, where the armed forces, medical facilities, commercial enterprises, and humanitarian groups use it.

Indonesian Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin, second from left, and Elon Musk, second from right, sign an agreement on enhancing connectivity at a public health center in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on May 19, 2024.

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