SpaceX Launches Satellite Services in Indonesia

Elon Musk says the service will be used to offer “life-changing” connectivity to communities in remote regions

Scarlett Evans, Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

May 20, 2024

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Elon Musk and Indonesia's Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin at the inauguration
Elon Musk and Indonesia's Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin at the inaugurationGetty

Elon Musk has announced the launch of SpaceX’s Starlink internet service in Indonesia, in a bid to boost connectivity in remote regions. 

Writing on X, formerly Twitter, Musk said connecting remote communities “radically improves access to education and economic opportunities.”

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The inaugural launch took place in Bali over the weekend.

Speaking to local media, Musk said the service could be a “life-changer and a life-saver,” connecting people to much-needed services such as medical aid, as well as educational resources.

“If you can access the internet, then you can learn anything,” he said. “I think it’s going to be perfectly beneficial, particularly for remote communities.”

SpaceX’s Starlink service was first established in 2019, with the company regularly launching additional satellites to expand the service from the U.S. to cover regions including Mexico, Mongolia, Fiji and the Philippines.

In January, SpaceX also announced the launch of its first direct-to-smartphone satellites, after receiving approval to begin testing their capabilities in the United States.

Elon Musk, writing on X, said the service “will allow for mobile phone connectivity anywhere on Earth.”

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Scarlett Evans

Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

Scarlett Evans is the assistant editor for IoT World Today, with a particular focus on robotics and smart city technologies. Scarlett has previous experience in minerals and resources with Mine Australia, Mine Technology and Power Technology. She joined Informa in April 2022.

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