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Elon Musk Launches Starlink in Indonesia

Menteri Komunikasi dan Informatika, Budi Arie Setiadi bersama Elon Musk (Bloomberg Technoz/Raden Nurhadi)
Menteri Komunikasi dan Informatika, Budi Arie Setiadi bersama Elon Musk (Bloomberg Technoz/Raden Nurhadi)

Bloomberg Technoz, Bali - SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk officially launched  PT Starlink Services Indonesia (SSI) internet service at Sumerta Kelod Community Health Center Office, Jalan Muh Yamin VIII, Denpasar, Bali.

The launch of Starlink was marked by the signing of an agreement between Elon Musk and the Minister of Health, Budi Gunadi Sadikin, who was accompanied by the Minister of Communication and Information, Budi Arie Setiadi.

During the event, the strength of the Starlink network was also tested in two other locations, in Bungbungan Community Health Center, Klungkung, Bali; and Tabarfane Health Center, Aru Islands, Maluku.

This internet service from the Starlink Space Exploration Technologies Corp business unit is said to have more superior power and speed than the existing internet services in Indonesia.

"Starlink is already operating commercially and we are aiming to reach remote areas where there is no internet access. "Earlier, we saw that there was a point when there was no internet, and after Starlink, there was immediately a 300 mbps network," said Budi Arie at the Sumerta Community Health Center Office.

However, Budi Arie explained that Starlink still has to comply with existing regulations in Indonesia. "Starlink must continue to comply with our regulations and that is the permit every year," said Budi.

Budi Arie further explained this collaboration as a form of equality across all provinces in Indonesia which will be integrated with health and education services. In this way, it is hoped that these two services can continue to improve.

Through the launch of Starlink, people in remote areas can enjoy fast access to information and internet networks like residents who live in big cities.

The government has indeed announced plans to launch Starlink with priority for inland areas or Disadvantaged, Frontier and Outermost (3T) areas in mid-May 2024.

Starlink is different because it uses low earth orbit (LEO) satellite technology, which is claimed to be able to provide upload and download speeds, whether the device is at home or when traveling.

Areas that do not have optical cable internet network infrastructure are Starlink's main markets. This is different from urban areas which are relatively full of internet networks from several providers.