Fast Internet Offer, How Much Does the Starlink Service Cost? : Okezone techno

JAKARTA – News that the Indonesian government will partner with Elon Musk’s Starlink has raised a number of questions. One of them is the price they will offer.

As previously reported by Okezone, satellite Internet service is expected to provide an alternative to reach areas that require quality Internet, but are located in remote areas of Indonesia.

Previously, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan met Elon Musk some time ago during a visit to the Tesla Giga Factory in Austin, Texas, United States. In the discussion, Luhut mentioned Musk’s desire to create affordable internet in Indonesia.

“We also talked about Elon’s desire to collaborate on establishing an affordable Internet network in eastern Indonesia using the famous Starlink satellite,” Luhut said.

There is no set price for a Starlink subscription, even in Indonesia. If you refer to the report, the price offered reaches 200 US dollars or 3 million IDR per month, according to the PCmag report.

Meanwhile, according to Cnet, even for services that use the Starlink Kit satellite dish the price will be around 599 dollars, or 9.3 million rupees.

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Even though it offers a fast internet connection, using Starlink in Indonesia clearly still requires rather lengthy regulations from the Ministry of Communications and Information (Kominfo). The problem is that they have to collaborate with local telecom companies, so that there is no monopoly.

“Starlink must cooperate with domestic telecom companies if it wants to enter Indonesia. For example, collaborating with Telkomsat,” said Director General of Information and Public Communication (Dirjen IKP) of the Ministry of Communication and Information, Usman Kansong.

In line with Usman, president of the Indonesian-ITB Center for Industrial Policy and Telecom Regulatory Studies, Ian Josef Matheus Edward, assessed that Starlink could be a backhaul to fill service gaps in an area. And most importantly, it must not be sold directly to customers.

“Whether it is in the form of a satellite modem, customers are not allowed to own it. This includes satellite phones and other services. Monopoly practices must not occur, resulting in unhealthy business competition,” Ian explained.

Of course, it will be interesting to see what the follow-up regulations and policies will be from the Indonesian government if Starlink actually enters the country.

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