Minister of Health in Indonesia, Musk, launches Starlink for the health sector

Minister of Health in Indonesia, Musk, launches Starlink for the health sector
Minister of Health in Indonesia, Musk, launches Starlink for the health sector

Elon Musk and Indonesian Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin launched Starlink, SpaceX’s satellite internet service, for the nation’s health sector with the aim of improving access in remote parts of the enormous archipelago.

Elon Musk and Indonesian Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin launched SpaceX’s satellite, Starlink, internet service for the country’s health sector on Sunday, with the goal of enhancing connectivity in isolated areas of the vast archipelago.

Musk, the millionaire founder of SpaceX and Tesla (TSLA.O.), opened a new tab, flew in on a private plane to the Indonesian resort island of Bali, then went to a community health center in Denpasar, the provincial capital, to attend the launch ceremony.

Musk, sporting a green batik shirt, claimed that millions of people in remote areas of Indonesia would benefit from having access to the internet thanks to the launch of the Starlink service. With three distinct time zones and over 270 million residents, the nation

On Sunday, Starlink was introduced at three Indonesian health centers: one on the isolated island of Aru in Maluku and two in Bali.

During the launch, a video presentation was shown, which demonstrated how fast the internet allowed data to be entered in real time to address health issues including malnourishment and stunting.

When asked if he intended to make investments in Indonesia’s electric car market as well, Musk stated that Starlink was his top priority.

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

The Indonesian government has been attempting for years to entice Elon Musk’s Tesla car company to establish electric vehicle manufacturing facilities in order to grow the EV industry by utilizing the abundant nickel resources in the nation.

On Monday, the tech billionaire is expected to meet with Indonesian President Joko Widodo and give a speech at the World Water Forum that is being held on the island.

The government would prioritize its services for remote and impoverished areas, but Starlink is now commercially available, according to Communications Minister Budi Arie Setiadi, who was present at the launch in Bali.

Before launching on Sunday, Starlink was granted permission to function as a retail internet service provider and was authorized to supply networks after obtaining a very small aperture terminal (VSAT) permit, Budi Setiadi stated.

In the world of satellite internet, SpaceX’s Starlink dominates, with over 60% of the 7,500 satellites in orbit.

The third nation in Southeast Asia where Starlink will conduct business is Indonesia. Last year, Malaysia granted the company a license to offer internet services, and in 2022, a Philippine-based company inked a contract with SpaceX.

Starlink is also widely utilized in Ukraine, where the armed forces, medical facilities, commercial enterprises, and humanitarian organizations use it.

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