The Philippine Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (PT&T) and the Australian firm NetLinkz Ltd. are teaming up to make satellite-based internet more accessible in the Philippines.
PT&T, in a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE), stated that the partnership was sealed to sell Starlink to Philippine consumers.
A tech company that is known for specializing in secure virtual networks, NetLinkz is an authorized partner of SpaceX for reselling Starlink globally. Effectively, with the partnership, consumers in the country would be able to purchase their essential Starlink hardware via PT&T.
PT&T and CEO James Velasquez said that its company is “thrilled to bring Starlink to the Philippines and offer our customers with the need for connectivity with a reliable internet solution.”
The exec also highlights the importance of the collaboration for bringing “high-speed internet connection to areas where traditional broadband services are limited or unavailable.”
Meanwhile, NetLinkz Managing Director and CEO claim that the team up backs the government’s efforts towards digitization in the country.
SpaceX made waves earlier this year when it announced the availability of its Starlink services in the country.
Starlink makes use of low-earth orbit satellites for delivering fast internet speeds in low latency, especially in remote areas, including the ocean—a feat in and of itself considering the usual constraints that come with providing internet connectivity at higher altitudes than traditional land-based broadband services.
In addition to selling Starlink hardware, PT&T also offers monthly plans that are aimed at customers for maritime and enterprise use cases.