After experiencing delays, the satellite internet services by Sy-backed company Data Lake Inc., and Elon Musk’s SpaceX will be finally offered in the Philippines in Q1.
In a statement, Data Link’s Henry Sy Jr. and Anthony Almeda had a meeting with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to discuss the expedited entry of SpaceX as an internet service provider (ISP) in the Philippines.
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“We are excited to finally introduce Starlink to the Philippine market by first quarter of 2023. The high speed, low latency broadband internet service through the use of satellites will be game-changing in connecting our 7,640 islands to the rest of the world,” said Data Link vice chair and CEO Anthony Almeda.
The initial plan was to bring the service before 2022 ended. However, it was pushed as Starlink experienced delays in the production and deployment of its low-earth orbit satellites, which will be used to beam internet connectivity to its users.
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Data Link signed a deal with SpaceX last year, making the Sy-led company the first Starlink integrator in the country and even Southeast Asia.
Since the previous administration, the government has been fast-tracking the rollout of Starlink satellite internet services in the country as it’s seen to be an effective way to provide connectivity in remote areas.