Henry Sy Jr. of SM Investments and the Elon Musk-owned SpaceX has announced their partnership to bring satellite internet service across the Philippines.

Sy’s Data Lake Inc., had recently signed a partnership with Elon Musk’s SpaceX, the company behind the Starlink satellite internet service, making the former the first integrator of the latter’s services in the Philippines and even in Southeast Asia.


Anthony Almeda, Data Lake’s chairman, said that there’s a need for the Philippines to use an “extensive (internet) infrastructure” considering that the country is an archipelago.

Almeda added that Starlink is “uniquely capable” of providing reliable and high-bandwidth internet to the Philippines because it has the largest cancellation of satellites in orbit.

For those who are not familiar, SpaceX launched thousands of low-orbit satellites to beam internet directly to hard-to-reach areas across the world.

Jonathan Hofeller, SpaceX VP for Starlink sales, expressed the company’s enthusiasm to make the service available in the Philippines “in the coming months”.

As of writing, Starlink already provides low-latency and high-speed broadband internet in more than 40 countries.

“Connectivity is critical in today’s modern age, and Starlink will help further Data Lake’s goal of sustainable and equitable economic development throughout the Philippines,” said David Tanael, Data Lake’s vice chairman.

Starlink initially said that it will launch its services in the Philippines before 2022 ends, which is now moved to next year. A couple of private and public entities have already detailed some of the projects they have in line that would take advantage of SpaceX’s satellite internet service, including DICT and its Broadband ng Masa program that aims to provide internet connectivity to remote areas in the country.

Via: Inquirer.net

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