Elon Musk meets Bolsonaro, to bring internet to the Amazon rainforest – Business

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is due to meet billionaire Elon Musk in Sao Paulo on Friday, a government source told AFP, as part of a project to serve the Amazon rainforest with the internet.

No details were communicated by this source of the Brazilian presidency, other than the fact that it must take place in this large city in the south-east of Brazil.

Mr. Bolsonaro had indicated earlier that he was going to have a “private” meeting in Sao Paulo “with a very important person known throughout the world”.

“She comes to offer her help for our Amazon,” said the president in his weekly post on social networks, without disclosing the identity of the person in question.

Mr. Musk, the richest man on the planet and owner of the space company SpaceX and the car manufacturer Tesla, is at the head of a fortune estimated by Forbes magazine at 230 billion dollars.

He recently announced his intention to buy the social network Twitter for 44 billion dollars, before suspending this acquisition project to obtain data on the proportion of fake accounts.

The Brazilian government announced in November that it was negotiating a deal for SpaceX to deploy satellite internet over the Amazon rainforest and help detect illegal deforestation.

The space company launched a second shipment of around 50 satellites from Elon Musk’s Starlink service in mid-February to provide internet connection to customers around the world.

Starlink allows residents of areas poorly served by fixed and mobile networks to have access to high-speed Internet, via thousands of small satellites. It has more than 100,000 subscribers worldwide, with specific equipment sold for around 600 euros and a subscription of almost 100 euros per month.

No details were communicated by this source of the Brazilian presidency, other than the fact that it must take place in this large city in the south-east of Brazil. Bolsonaro had indicated earlier that he was going to have a “private” meeting in Sao Paulo “with a very important person known throughout the world”. “She is coming to offer her help for our Amazon,” the president said in his weekly publication on social networks, without disclosing the identity of the person in question.Mr. Musk, the richest man on the planet and owner of space company SpaceX and automaker Tesla, is at the head of a fortune estimated by Forbes magazine at 230 billion dollars. He recently announced his intention to buy the social network Twitter for 44 billion dollars, before suspending this acquisition project to obtain data on the proportion of fake accounts. The Brazilian government announced in November that it was negotiating an agreement for SpaceX to deploy the Internet satellite over the Amazon rainforest and helps detect illegal deforestation. around the world. Starlink gives people in areas poorly served by fixed and mobile networks access to high-speed Internet, via thousands of small satellites. It has more than 100,000 subscribers worldwide, with specific equipment sold for around 600 euros and a subscription of almost 100 euros per month.

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