Elon Musk to Launch Starlink in Indonesia at WWF 2024 Bali

Joko Widodo and Elon Musk
Joko Widodo and Elon Musk

Elon Musk cutting-edge satellite internet service, Starlink, is set to debut in Indonesia. The CEO of SpaceX will officially introduce Starlink at the upcoming World Water Forum 2024 in Bali.

The Indonesian government eagerly anticipates the presence of global leaders and prominent figures, including Musk, at the forum, according to Minister of Communication and Informatics Budi Arie Setiadi.

“We certainly expect the attendance of Heads of State, global figures, and all delegates at the World Water Forum in Bali, including Elon Musk,” Budi stated, as reported by detikinet on Tuesday, May 14, 2024.

Budi did not provide specific details about Musk’s agenda in Indonesia for the upcoming week. “Preparations are underway, and I will update the media on the developments,” he added.

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Previously, the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, confirmed Elon Musk attendance at WWF Bali to inaugurate Starlink’s service in Indonesia.

Luhut highlighted that Starlink’s presence could address the internet service disparity across the country, especially in remote areas. This initiative has been thoroughly discussed in the context of WWF.

He also emphasized that Musk will participate as a public speaker during the forum’s opening session.

“Elon is also invited as a public speaker at the opening of the WWF,” Luhut continued.

Starlink has received authorization to operate in Indonesia, offering direct internet access to end consumers, not just as a partner or business-to-business service. In fact, Starlink is already being utilized by residents near Bandung.

The Ministry of Communication and Informatics (Kominfo) confirmed that Starlink has successfully passed the Operational Feasibility Test (ULO).

However, details regarding PT Starlink Indonesia’s management, office location, and customer service facilities remain limited.

Meanwhile, the introduction of Starlink, a new technology in the internet sector, has sparked optimism among the public. Starlink is seen as a potential solution to Indonesia’s internet speed woes.