The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) announced that American entrepreneur Elon Musk’s satellite-based internet service provider Starlink expects to have full coverage of the Philippines by mid-2023.
“The number of satellites sent up there initially covers the northern hemisphere.” DICT Secretary Ivan John Uy said in an interview recently.
“However, in my recent discussion with their representative here. They guaranteed me that by the middle of next year, they’ll have complete 100% coverage for the Philippines.” Secretary Uy added.
Starlink expects to have full coverage of the Philippines by mid-2023
According to Uy, Starlink will make its commercial debut in the Philippines by the end of 2022. This will be the US company’s first foray into Southeast Asia.
Starlink received approval from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) in late May to register as a value-added service provider in the country.
The NTC previously stated that the approval permits the company to “directly access satellite systems. Install and operate broadband infrastructure to offer internet services.”
Starlink services provide cost-effective, high-speed. Low-latency satellite internet with download speeds that range from 100 to 200 megabits per second (mbps).
Aside from metropolitan regions, the government previously said that Starlink would fulfill the internet demands of Filipinos living in unserved or underserved areas.
Uy stated that they are waiting to see if more internationals will be welcomed.
“A lot of these investors are looking at how Elon Musk and their investment in the Philippines will be treated,” he said.
“If… they perceive that the Philippines is indeed up for business for foreign direct investments. I’m sure they’ll come in,” Uy continued.