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Starlink Entering Indonesia, Are Cellular Operators and Local Satellite Internet Services Threatened?

Liputan6.com, Jakarta – Elon Musk has just inaugurated his satellite internet service, Starlink, in Indonesia–precisely at the Sumerta Kelod Community Health Center, Denpasar City, Bali.

The presence of this new internet service raises a number of questions, whether Starlink has the potential to disrupt cellular operator services, fiber opticsand satellite internet which was first available in Indonesia?

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The presence of Starlink received special attention from Doni Ismanto Darwin, Telecommunications Observer from the Indotelko Forum. He believes that Elon Musk's internet service could be an option for the public.

“The presence of Starlink could be a new choice for users who want to have internet services according to their needs, because Starlink internet uses LEO (Low Earth Orbit) satellites which have advantages over other services that use GEO (Geostationary Earth Orbit) satellites,” said Doni.

According to Doni, Starlink services will be suitable for areas with limited internet coverage, as well as 3T (Disadvantaged, Frontier and Outermost) areas.

“The use of Starlink will be suitable if this tool is used in areas that are still untouched by mobile internet services and fiber optics“, he said.

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However, he did not deny that the emergence of Starlink would have an impact on existing satellite internet service players who were previously present in Indonesia.

“Of course the impact of the emergence of Starlink will be felt by the satellite operator Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN), because both have more or less the same market share,” he added.

He also highlighted the launch of Starlink at the Sumerta Kelod Community Health Center, Denpasar City, Bali. According to him, Starlink will not take market share from the Satria-1 satellite internet service, which has provided services for government equipment in 3T areas.

“The existence of Starlink cannot disturb Satria-1, which is an internet service for government equipment in areas that do not have internet access,” he said.

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“For example, the Ministry of Health has around 10 thousand Community Health Centers spread throughout Indonesia, and 80 percent of these Community Health Centers have satellite internet service from Satria-1,” he added.

Even so, Starlink services are also needed to provide internet services for government agencies that are still not connected to the Satria-1 internet service.

“Starlink could be complementary for Community Health Centers or other government devices that are still untouched by the internet,” he concluded.

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Head of the Denpasar City Health Service, AA Ayu Agung Candrawati, said that the installation of Starlink at the companion health center 1 Sumerta Kelod, Denpasar has improved the performance of the health center in providing data services to the center and to the community.

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