The satellite-based broadband service that Manny V. Pangilinan teased on Twitter turns out to be the new Cignal Connect.
Currently, there are four plans available under Cignal Connect, starting with the 2Mbps plan with a Php6,500 monthly rate. The fastest is the 10Mbps plan for Php23,500 per month. All plans have no data capping, a 12-month lock-in period, and 1Mbps upload speed (except for the cheapest plan, which has a 0.5Mbps max upload).
All indicated speeds are maximum or peak speeds. Cignal Connect has also disclosed that its services are subject to an “equitable share of network resources among its customers.”
Besides the monthly fee, Cignal Connect has a one-time initial charge of Php6,000 for installation and Php36,000 for the kit, which consists of a 1.2m antenna, a 3W block upconverter, and an HT 2300 modem. The installation charge may be higher depending on location.
Cignal Connect Satellite Internet Plans
Clearly, the cost is pricier than other Internet service options available in the Philippines. But as Cignal Connect is a satellite broadband service, it’s marketed for subscribers whose home and/or business locations are not covered by any fixed and mobile broadband service. This is for those who are in far-flung areas in the country.
Per Cignal Connect’s official page, it is now available in Luzon, with a launch in Visayas and Mindanao coming soon. To apply for Cignal Connect, a subscriber must submit the application form and provide a valid ID and proof of billing.