After having been given the green light to bring its Low-Earth Orbit satellite internet service to the Philippines, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX)’s Starlink will soon be officially rolling out its commercial operations in the country by December 2022.

Speaking during a press briefing in Manila, Starlink Representative Rebecca Hunter was hopeful about a successful planned launch of Starlink’s services “by the end of the year.”

Via the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), Starlink finally got its approval to operate as a value-added service (VAS) provider in May, sealing a business proposition that had been a subject of talks involving SpaceX and some Philippine agencies.

NTC claims that Starlink will render a high-speed, low-latency satellite internet service, allowing for a download speed somewhere between 100 megabits per second (Mbps) and 200 megabits per second.

Innovating on pre-existing satellite-based technology, Starlink’s lower-altitude satellites enable unprecedented quality of internet experience on the same technology, such as streaming, video calls, online gaming, and various high-data activities.

Per Hunter, a single router kit would cost $599 (roughly Php33,000), as a one-time purchase. But as for the service subscription itself, it charges $99 (around Php5,500) every month, but sans the data caps.

Source: GMA News



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