Starlink set to launch in Indonesia within two weeks, says minister

Starlink set to launch in Indonesia within two weeks, says minister

SpaceX should be able to launch its Starlink LEO satellite broadband service in Indonesia in the next two weeks, a government minister reportedly said on Friday.

According to government news agency Antara, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, the coordinating minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, said that Starlink had signed an agreement with the Indonesian government, including the required license to operate satellite internet services.

Luhut also said an announcement regarding the official launch would be made in Bali “as soon as possible”.

Luhut made the remarks at Friday’s "Jakarta Future Forum: Blue Horizons, Green Growth" event in Jakarta.

The statement follows last week’s news that Starlink signed an MoU with the Indonesian Internet Service Providers Association (APJII) provide internet access in the underdeveloped, frontmost and outermost regions of the archipelago.

Last month, we reported that SpaceX has formally applied for an ISP permit to operate in Indonesia, as well as a VSAT licence. Starlink also aims to supplement internet connectivity in the upcoming new capital city of Ibu Kota Nusantara (IKN), with service tests expected to kick off in the middle of this month.

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