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Elon Musk set to launch Starlink satelite service in Indonesia

Musk, Indonesian govt join hands to provide high speed internet services to remote, underdeveloped areas

By Web Desk
May 19, 2024
Elon Musk arrives in Indonesias Bali to launch Starlink satellite internet service. — Reuters/File
Elon Musk arrives in Indonesia's Bali to launch Starlink satellite internet service. — Reuters/File

Billionaire Elon Musk has arrived in Indonesia for the launch of the Starlink satellite in the world’s biggest archipelago country, ABC News reported.

The Tesla chief executive arrived on his private jet in the beachy country where he is set to launch the service alongside Indonesian President Joko Widodo in a ceremony in the provincial capital Bali. 

He was welcomed by Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister of Maritime and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.

In addition to this, the Tesla owner will also sign an agreement with the country to enhance connectivity in the health and education sectors.

The Starlink satellite will be launched from a health clinic which shows its broader mission of providing affordable access to high-speed internet services, especially in remote and underdeveloped areas.

Announcing the event to the public, Pandjaitan told news outlets that, "Our remote regions need Starlink to expand high-speed internet services, especially to help with problems in the health, education and maritime sectors."

Musk is also expected to participate in the 10th World Water Forum, which is an event to discuss and address global water and sanitation issues.

Earlier, Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook had also shown interest in expanding its manufacturing market to Indonesia. 

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also visited the country and has announced plans to invest $1.7 billion over the next four years in new cloud and artificial intelligence infrastructure in Indonesia.