Musk and Indonesian Health Minister Launch Starlink

Indonesian Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadkin and Elon Musk launched SpaceX satellite internet service for the country’s health sector to assist remote regions. Musk indicated that Starlink service would help millions in remote parts of Indonesia access the internet.

They launched the technology at three health centers, including two in Bali and one on the island of Aru. The launch included a video presentation showing how high-speed internet can enable real-time data input to best address health challenges.

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

Indonesia’s government has been trying for years to entice Tesla to build manufacturing plants related to electric vehicles that will tap into the country’s rich nickel resources. Musk will meet with Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo and address the World Water Forum taking place on the island.

SpaceX owns approximately 60% of the 7,500 satellites orbiting Earth. Indonesia is the third country in Southeast Asia where Starlink will operate. Malaysia issued the firm a license to provide internet services last year, and a Philippine-based firm signed a deal with SpaceX in 2022.

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