Elon Musk’s Starlink to speed up internet service under BBM administration

Elon Musk’s Starlink to speed up internet service under BBM administration

By Junex Doronio
May 27, 2022

MANILA — Expect a boom in the cyberworld as the Philippines will be the first country in Southeast Asia to offer Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet service under the incoming BBM administration.

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) on Friday announced on Friday the approval of the value-added service (VAS) provider registration of Starlink Internet Services Philippines Inc., a subsidiary of the Starlink satellite internet service owned by tech billionaire Elon Musk as an internet service provider in the country.

“The NTC is steadfast in helping ensure that roll-out of Starlink’s internet access services will be done expeditiously and professionally,” NTC commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba said.

For its part, Starlink Internet Services Philippines Inc., a subsidiary of the Starlink satellite internet service lauded the incoming administration of President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

“We would like to thank the NTC for issuing Starlink’s VAS license 30 minutes after we submitted our application with complete requirements,” lawyer Bien Marquez, counsel for Starlink’s parent firm SpaceX, said.

In a statement, the NTC further said the approval will allow the company to start providing internet services in the country.

Cordova said that Starlink’s registration in the Philippines now allows the company to directly access satellite systems, and build and operate broadband facilities to offer internet services.

The NTC said the service offers high-speed, low latency satellite internet service with download speeds between 100Mbps to 200Mbps.

“This shows the government’s seriousness in addressing the connectivity needs of our countrymen in unserved and underserved areas. This will also prepare us in the event of natural disasters and calamities,” Marquez of Starlink Philippines also noted. (ai/mtvn)

This NASA TV video frame grab shows the SpaceX Falcon 9 fourth Starlink constellation after entry burn before it separates after it launched at Cape Canaveral, Florida on January 29, 2020. – The Starlink constellation will increase global internet access.This mission is tasked with sending up the latest batch of internet-beaming satellites for SpaceX, adding to the roughly 180 satellites the company already has in orbit. (Photo by Handout / NASA TV / AFP)

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