The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is inviting more satellite-based Internet service providers to expand their operations in the Philippines.

In a public consultation, DICT Acting Secretary Emmanuel Rey Caintic told satellite systems providers to “intensify their corporate presence” and contribute to the digital transformation of the country.

It was also last week that the DICT through its attached agency, the National Telecommunications Commission, gave the green light to Starlink to provide services in the country.


Owner and tech billionaire Elon Musk himself tweeted that Starlink has been “approved by the Philippines,” slated to be the first country in Southeast Asia to avail of the services provided by the satellite constellation.

Caintic said the DICT would continue “to provide an enabling environment, especially for new players.” He added that the DICT would look into streamlining the accreditation process while also giving policy support to satellite ISPs.

Last month, the DICT Department Circular No. 001, s. 2022 was issued to rationalize the registration, accreditation, and monitoring of service operators, including satellite service providers.

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