Tuesday, April 23, 2024
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Indonesia’s internet could get a boost as the country, along with Elon Musk’s SpaceX, launched US$540 million (HK$4.21 billion) telecommunication satellite from the US to link up the corners of the archipelago to the web.

About two-thirds of Indonesia’s 280 million population already have access to the web, but the launch “will accelerate internet access to villages in areas that cannot be reached by fiber optics in the next 10 years,” said senior Indonesian minister Mahfud MD.

At 4.5 tons, the Satellite of the Republic of Indonesia was built by Thales Alenia Space and deployed into orbit from Florida by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. It has a throughput capacity of 150 gigabytes per second and will provide internet access to 50,000 public service points, the Indonesian government said.

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