NTC clears registration of Musk’s Starlink satellite internet service in PH

This NASA television video image capture shows SpaceX Falcon 9’s fourth Starlink constellation after entry burn, before it splits, after launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida on January 29, 2020 – The Starlink constellation will increase global access to the Internet. This mission is tasked with sending the latest batch of internet-casting satellites for SpaceX, adding to the roughly 180 satellites the company already has in orbit. (Photo by Handout/NASA TV/AFP)

MANILA, Philippines — The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has approved the registration of Starlink Internet Services Philippines Inc., a subsidiary of Starlink satellite internet service owned by tech billionaire Elon Musk as an internet service provider in the country .

The NTC on Friday announced approval for the registration of the Value Added Service (VAS) provider of Starlink Internet Services Philippines Inc.

The approval will allow the company to start providing internet services in the country, the NTC said.

“The NTC is committed to helping ensure that the deployment of Starlink’s Internet access services will proceed quickly and professionally,” NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba said in a statement.

According to the NTC, Starlink’s registration in the Philippines now allows the company to directly access satellite systems and build and operate broadband facilities to offer Internet services.

Additionally, NTC said the service offers high-speed, low-latency satellite Internet service with download speeds between 100 Mbps and 200 Mbps.

“We would like to thank the NTC for issuing Starlink’s VAS license 30 minutes after submitting our application with all requirements,” said attorney Bien Marquez, attorney for Starlink’s parent company, SpaceX.

“This shows the seriousness of the government in meeting the connectivity needs of our compatriots in unserved and underserved areas. It will also prepare us for natural disasters and calamities,” he added.

The Philippines will be the first country in Southeast Asia to offer Starlink satellite internet service.

/MUF

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