Starlink receives approval from the Philippines

The Philippines has accepted plans to make it the first Southeast Asian country to use SpaceX’s Starlink broadband services. The NTC (National Telecommunications Commission) authorized Starlink Internet Services Philippines Inc.’s registration on May 26. Starlink is a SpaceX company that will bring satellite internet across the archipelago.

As per the government-financed Philippine News Agency, the permission cleared the way for the subsidiary to begin delivering Starlink services in the nation. According to the news agency, the commission accepted Starlink’s registration as a “value-added service (VAS) provider,” which will allow the company to “directly access satellite systems, as well as build and maintain broadband facilities to provide internet services.”

In a statement, Gamaliel Cordoba, the NTC commissioner, said, “The NTC is committed to helping ensure that the roll-out of Starlink’s internet access services is done swiftly and professionally.”

“The NTC’s quick processing of Starlink’s VAS provider registration was intended to speed up the service’s rapid launch.” According to the commissioner, Starlink is intended to cover communities in suburban and urban areas, as well as rural areas, that are currently without or underserved in terms of internet connectivity.

As per data from DataReportal, which is an independent data collector, the Philippines’ internet penetration rate was 67 percent of the country’s 110 million people in January 2021. Starlink’s entry into the nation comes after Rodrigo Duterte, who is the Philippine President signed laws on 21st March allowing foreign ownership of public services in the country to reach 100 percent.

The modified Public Service Act stimulates investment in telecommunications, transportation, and other industries that are deemed critical to the public good. According to a news release from the Philippine Department of Trade & Treasury, Ramon Lopez, the Philippine Trade Secretary promised to assist SpaceX in its growth into the archipelago as it wants to register services there on March 31.

Lopez stated in a statement that “their system would expand as well as complement current broadband capacities.” “This will assist micro, small, as well as medium-sized businesses (MSMEs), and also e-commerce, online learning, and finance.”

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte enacted legislation on 21st March allowing foreign ownership of public facilities in the Philippines up to 100%. The modified Public Service Act stimulates investment in telecommunications, transportation, and other industries that are deemed critical to the public good.

“I truly think that by eliminating foreign equity constraints via this law, we will attract more overseas investors, help revive several government industries, and improve the provision of essential services,” said Philippine President in a statement issued.

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