MANILA, PHILIPPINES — More details about the arrival of Starlink internet service in the Philippines are becoming available. According to SpaceX’s Starlink availability map, its services could be available in the Philippines as early as the fourth quarter of 2022.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX owns Starlink, a satellite-based internet service that uses Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites to reach even the most remote locations of the Philippines.
It is also recently reported that the Philippines will be the first country in Southeast Asia to receive Starlink satellite broadband service. And maybe second in Asia, after Japan, which will link in the same year’s third quarter.
SpaceX announced in March that it will deliver its internet service to the Philippines. This is after the recent change to the Public Service Act, which allows full foreign ownership of enterprises in the telco industry, among other industries.
This is also in line with recent reports that the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan will actively talk to and negotiate with representatives from Starlink.
However, it’s worth noting that Starlink still has pending service coverage or regulatory permission, as evidenced by their disclaimer of “Estimates are dependent on government approval and network expansions.”
But this is now possible according to President Rodrigo Duterte’s newly signed law amending Commonwealth Act No. 146, or the revised Public Service Act, which makes it easier for foreigners to wholly own a firm in the Philippines.
Ramon Lopez, the Secretary of the Department of Trade, stated his support for SpaceX and even promised to help speed up the process of obtaining local permits so that they may be operational before the current administration ends in June. – WhatALife!