Let the Satellite Internet Experience COMMENCE!
Thanks to the fast processing of Starlink’s papers, we now have more concrete evidence of their launch date! Previously, we have reported that Starlink has been working with DOST and the NTC to get their paperwork done so they could construct satellite stations in the country.
Starlink is a satellite-based internet service owned by Elon Musk’s SpaceX. For the Philippines, the company will use Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites that could reach even the most remote areas. One major reason for their interest in bringing the tech here is due to the amended Public Service Act that allows for full foreign ownership of telco companies, among other businesses. Their arrival was first announced last March.
DOT Secretary Ramon Lopez has also expressed his support to SpaceX and then even offered assistance to speed up the processing of their paperwork, as much as possible.
On Starlink’s website, if you search for “Philippines” in the Service Address bar, it will reveal which areas Starlink is going to be available. On our screenshot above, one place it would be available first is in Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu starting Q4 2022. It also has stated a deposit price of USD 99 (~Php 5.2K) that is fully refundable. We can expect that the starting price is somewhere around this range but this may depend on which area you are from. Orders are fulfilled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The Philippines will be the first Southeast Asian country to experience Starlink and second in Asia overall (the first being Japan). We are actually excited about what this technology could bring.