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Elon Musk to visit Sri Lanka this year to launch Starlink

In the picture, president (L-R) advisor on climate affairs Ruwan Wijewardene, President Ranil Wickremesinghe, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk with other guests. (Photo credit: @RWijewardene)

By: Vibhuti Pathak

Tesla owner Elon Musk will be visiting Sri Lanka after he accepted president Ranil Wickremesinghe’s invitation to launch Starlink satellite internet services this year. Wickremesinghe, accompanied by his advisor on climate affairs Ruwan Wijewardene, met Musk in Bali, Indonesia on Sunday (19). They discussed various topics including renewable energy, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and global politics

The exact dates of Musk’s visit to Sri Lanka have not yet been determined, and the Sri Lankan government will coordinate with Musk’s team to finalise the arrangements.

“It all depends on how quickly Sri Lanka completes the approval process. As soon as it is done, Elon will arrive in Sri Lanka to launch Starlink. Tentatively, it was discussed that he will arrive at the end of the year,” a source said.

Musk, the billionaire CEO of Tesla and SpaceX and owner of social platform X, arrived on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali to launch Starlink satellite internet service.

Musk had applied to launch the Starlink service in Sri Lanka, and the president agreed to expedite the process. The president also mentioned that such an internet service would be beneficial for developing rural education in Sri Lanka.

In Indonesia, an archipelago of 17,000 islands spanning three different time zones, Musk will launch the internet service during his current visit.

Starlink’s Internet Constellation is one of the most significant breakthroughs in commercial satellite history. It delivers near broadband-capable speeds and performance using a novel configuration of small satellites that operate as a constellation while orbiting the Earth much lower than traditional satellites.

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