Starlink launches Indonesian services

23 May 2024

Starlink has officially launched its service in Indonesia, which among other things will be used to bolster healthcare and education services in remote areas under a new agreement.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk appeared for the launch ceremony in Bali along with various government ministers. At the ceremony, Musk signed an agreement between SpaceX and the Indonesian government to use Starlink to enhance connectivity for the healthcare and education sectors, although no details were provided. Musk also conducted a speed test of the Starlink service with health workers in remote regions.

According to Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin, who also attended the launch, around 2,700 of the country’s more than 10,000 clinics have no internet access.

“The internet can open up better access to health services as communication between regions is said to be easier, so that reporting from health service facilities can be done in real time or up to date,” said Gunadi Sadikin.