Currently the world richest human being right now, Elon Musk, is now ready to offer his ultrafast satellite internet services – the Starlink – in the Philippines. His group is now in talks with the country’s leading telecommunications companies (telcos). These could be Smart Communications, Inc. and Globe Telecom, Inc.
It has been planned that the Starlink internet service will be offered to Filipino consumers by 2022. Musk’s distributor group, Transpacific Broadband Group International, Inc. has been looking for a venture partner and is able to sign an agreement with local operator ABS Global Limited. The latter’s task is to manage and supervise a low-earth orbit satellite station in the province of Pampanga, near Central Luzon. The location is about 3 hours drive north from the Philippines’ National Capital Region (NCR).
The Philippines, having one of the slowest internet connections in Southeast Asia, would greatly benefit from this venture. Starlink’s technology offers one of the fastest internet services in the planet with its affordability, flexibility, and, of course, speed.
According to Speedtest Global Index, the Philippines ranks 72nd in the world when it comes to mobile internet speed, and 64th when it comes to fixed broadband internet.
More than 1,650 satellites have been deployed already by Elon Musk’s company, SpaceX. Starlink is one of the company’s units dabbling in technology. Elon Musk plans to deploy more than 30,000 low-earth orbit satellites in the near future. He is now only waiting for approval from the country’s regulatory units.
Another leading internet distribution company, Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. is already in talks also with Starlink to help in the distribution of the internet service across the country – its CEO Dennis Uy has said. The company leader has also said that it would offer the high-speed internet to more than 90% of the internet users of the Philippines.