Elon Musks Arrives In Indonesia To Launch Starlink; Commercial Rollout Expected After Trials

By Thea Felicity

May 19, 2024 12:33 PM EDT

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As of 2022, about two-thirds of Indonesia's approximately 270 million people had internet access, according to the World Bank.

Elon Musk is taking steps to resolve this. Recently, he arrived on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on Sunday, May 19, to inaugurate the Starlink satellite internet service. This service is set to revolutionize internet access in the country's remote areas, according to AP News.

Musk's Indonesia visit marks his first time in the Southeast Asian nation. Alongside Indonesian President Joko Widodo at a clinic in Bali's capital, he is set to launch Starlink in the world's largest archipelago. 

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Starlink in Indonesian Remote Islands

Maritime and Investment Coordinating Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan commended Starlink's potential to reach even Indonesia's most isolated regions. 

In addition to the launch, Musk will speak at the World Water Forum, which is currently taking place in Bali. 

Initially, Bloomberg reported that Starlink's services will undergo trials this month in Indonesia's new capital, Nusantara, located on Borneo. The new capital is set to open in August as part of a move from Jakarta, which faces severe flooding risks.

Earlier this month, Starlink obtained a permit to operate in Indonesia. Following successful trials, It could be rolled out commercially across the archipelago. 

The service, already available in Malaysia and the Philippines, uses a network of low-earth-orbit satellites to provide internet access to remote or infrastructure-compromised areas. 

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