The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said that they are now working out the details of Starlink’s entry into the Philippines.
Starlink is the satellite internet service of aerospace company SpaceX, owned by tech billionaire Elon Musk.
Ivan John Uy, DICT’s incoming head, said that they expect Starlink to significantly improve the internet service in the country, especially in underserved areas.
Uy said that Starlink’s entry is a welcome development since they will join the roster of telco players in the country. And since it is a satellite provider, it would really benefit Filipinos in remote areas.
The incoming DICT chief added that they are now “working out the details” on Starlink’s entry in the Philippines.
Uy also added that they are hoping for the arrival of the satellite receivers, which they will deploy in various areas in the Philippines.
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The incoming chief highlighted how traditional telcos fail to reach far-flung areas due to how expensive fiber optic and submarine cables are. And since such areas only have a small number of people, some providers fail to give them internet access.
“So, sana po ay ma-deploy natin ito. The sooner, the better at maganda pong balita ito,” Uy added.
Starlink utilizes thousands of low-orbit satellites, which SpaceX sent to space last year, to beam directly to users anywhere in the world.
Via: ABS-CBN News