AllvertaGlobal – The Philippines is the first country in Southeast Asia to use SpaceX’s Starlink broadband service. Starlink Internet Services Philippines Inc registration has been approved by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).
With this agreement, a SpaceX subsidiary can provide Starlink services in the Philippines, quoted from SpaceNews, Monday (30/5/2022).
NTC gave approval for Starlink as a value added service (VAS) provider. This will allow the company to “directly access the system and build and operate broadband facilities to offer internet services”, the Philippine News Agency wrote.
“NTC is determined to help ensure the launch of the Starlink internet access service will be carried out quickly and professionally,” said NTC commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba.
“NTC’s rapid processing of Starlink VAS provider registrations is intended to expedite service rollout”.
“Starlink is expected to be able to reach villages in urban areas and rural areas that have not or are underserved by internet access,” said Cordoba.
Starlink’s entry into the Philippines came after President Rodrigo Duterte signed the March 21 Act. The rules allow foreign ownership of up to 100% of the country’s public services.
The amended Public Service Law encourages investment in telecommunications, transportation and other sectors deemed essential for public welfare.
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Starlink will also add and complement existing broadband capacity, said Philippine Trade Minister Ramon Lopez. “More improve micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), facilitate online learning, e-commerce, and fintech.
Meanwhile, the DataReportal report stated that the country’s internet penetration rate was 67% of the population of 110 million people as of January 2021.
SpaceX announced the reach of Starlink via its official Twitter account. While it doesn’t specify the countries where Starlink operates, SpaceX does display a map depicting its service area on the starlink.com/map page. In Indonesia, the SpaceX subsidiary targets going online next year.
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