PLDT CEO and Chairman, Manny V. Pangilinan has announced on his Twitter that Cignal will soon provide Broadband services nationwide through Satellite and would launch as early as 15th May.
This tweet has not revealed a lot of info (how could you in 280 characters or less?) but Smart did tap to Cignal for Satellite connections services without land-based networks. Previously, Elon Musk’s Starlink also announced that they will provide satellite broadband services in the country.
According to BusinessWorld, Smart will be using Cignal’s Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) technology to provide broadband connections to areas where there is little to no coverage. Some areas which have this tech include the small islands of Batanes and Tawi-Tawi.
On the other hand, its main rival, Globe, has also announced a satellite-based service, partnering with US-based Curvalux to bring such satellite-based services to even the most remote areas in the Philippines.