At long last, Starlink, the low-earth satellite internet service by SpaceX, is finally available in the Philippines.
In a tweet, the Elon Musk-owned company announced that Starlink is now available in the Philippines. They even said it in Filipino, which is a nice touch.
The talks of Starlink coming to the Philippines have started since the previous administration, which also ordered different government agencies to fast-track the entry of SpaceX to help improve the internet situation in the country.
To make sure Starlink’s speedy entry into the Philippines, SpaceX was actively assisted by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), as well as the Department of Trade and Industries (DTI).
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The order page on the Starlink website reveals that the service will cost Php2,700 per month with an upfront price of Php29,320 for the hardware that includes the satellite dish.
Moreover, the order page starts with “Order now to reserve your Starlink. Starlink expects to expand service in your area in 2023.”, which means that you might not get your hardware right away.
A few days ago, a representative from Data Lake, Starlink’s partner in the Philippines, said that household services are expected to be available in late 2024 and that the scheduled Q1 2023 rollout is for enterprise users.