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Starlink internet service now available in Fiji: What's new?

Elon Musk has announced the launch of Starlink internet service in Fiji islands- comprising more than 300 islands.

Edited By: Saumya Nigam @snigam04 New Delhi Published on: May 20, 2024 11:41 IST
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Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and X (formerly known as Twitter) reached Indonesia and announced the launch of its Starlink. This affordable satellite internet service is now operational in the region. On Monday, Musk announced the launch of its telecom service in Fiji islands, a day after he launched the service.

Musk said that bringing connectivity to remote communities radically improves access to education and economic opportunities.

“Starlink is now available in Fiji,” he posted on X.

300 Islands in Republic of Fiji

SpaceX’s internet service is now live across more than 300 islands in the Republic of Fiji, marking the 99th country, territory or market around the world where Starlink’s high-speed internet service is available.

On Sunday, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO launched Starlink Internet service in Indonesia.

“Starlink will help a lot of people throughout the world,” he said after the launch.

"Through the availability of internet access throughout the province, the digitalisation in the implementation of healthcare and education in Indonesia can continue to improve," Musk added.

The tech billionaire also met Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe in Indonesia during the 10th 'World Water Forum' conference.

Wickremesinghe discussed the implementation of Starlink service in Sri Lanka, saying he is committed to fast-tracking the application process to connect the country with the global Starlink network.

When Musk reached Indonesia on 19 May..

Elon Musk and Budi Gunadi Sadikin- the Indonesian Health Minister launched SpaceX's satellite internet service for the nation's health sector on May 19, which further aims at improving access in remote parts of the archipelago. Musk arrived on the Indonesian resort island of Bali in a private jet in the provincial capital, Denpasar. 

"I'm very excited to bring connectivity to places that have low connectivity," Musk said.

He further stated, "If you have access to the internet you can learn anything."

It was also stated that Starlink obtained a permit to operate as an internet service provider for retail consumers and was given the go-ahead to provide networks, having received a very small aperture terminal (VSAT) permit, Budi Setiadi told Reuters.

License for Starlink service

Indonesia is the third country in Southeast Asia where Starlink will be operating for the people residing there.

Malaysia issued the firm a license to provide internet services last year and a Philippine-based firm signed a deal with SpaceX in 2022.

Inputs from IANS



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