When Starlink begins its operations in the Philippines by the fourth quarter this year, only the northern part of the country will be serviceable at first.
In a Laging Handa briefing, Secretary Ivan Uy of the Department of Information and Communications Technology revealed that Starlink’s services “will not reach the middle and southern part of the Philippines,” as the satellite internet service provider still needs to launch more satellites.
With additional satellites, Uy expects Starlink to expand the Internet coverage in the country to remote areas, where telcos refrain from deploying fiber optic cables and providing service due to cost and lack of market viability.
Starlink cleared one major hurdle back in May, when its registration in the country was approved by the National Telecommunications Commission. Other details of Starlink’s entry into the country are also being worked out as of June.
Starlink currently has over 2,200 working satellites in its low Earth orbit network, which is still far from owner and technopreneur Elon Musk’s target of 42,000 satellites.