SpaceX Starlink Receives Permit to Operate in Indonesia

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Indonesian minister stated that Starlink, Elon Musk's SpaceX satellite business, had been granted permission
Indonesian minister stated that Starlink, Elon Musk's SpaceX satellite business, had been granted permission

Indonesia’s communications minister revealed that Starlink, the satellite unit of Elon Musk’s SpaceX, has secured a permit to operate in Indonesia. This development marks Starlink’s expansion into Southeast Asia, following previous licenses obtained in Malaysia and the Philippines.

Starlink has obtained a permit to operate as an internet service provider for retail consumers in Indonesia. Additionally, the company has been granted permission to provide networks and has received a very small aperture terminal (VSAT) permit.

Expansion in Southeast Asia: 

Indonesia becomes the third country in Southeast Asia where Starlink will operate, following licenses obtained in Malaysia last year and a partnership deal signed with a Philippine-based firm in 2022.

Starlink plans to conduct a week-long trial in Indonesia’s new capital city, Nusantara, this month, with the official launch expected afterward. To ensure compliance with Indonesia’s regulations, Starlink will collaborate with local network access providers.

The Indonesian government anticipates that Starlink’s presence will enhance internet connectivity in remote areas of the country, addressing connectivity challenges in underserved regions.

Investment Details and Response: 

While the minister did not disclose the investment value, Starlink has reportedly met all the requirements to operate commercially in Indonesia. Starlink has yet to respond to requests for comments.

Starlink owns a significant portion of the satellites orbiting the earth and holds a dominant position in the satellite internet sector, with around 60% of the roughly 7,500 satellites in orbit.

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