Elon Musk’s Starlink says it won’t compete with PH telcos, will merely be a complementary connectivity provider

Starlink of billionaire Elon Musk will not compete with the country’s existing telco providers once it starts providing its services by the latter part of the year, according to SpaceX executive Rebecca Hunter.

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Hunter said Starlink would be a complementary connectivity provider to fill in the “gaps,” especially in the unserved and underserved areas to further expand connectivity.

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Starlink targets to connect rural and remote communities where connectivity is unreliable or completely unavailable, or the so-called geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas.

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Through its service, Filipinos from remote areas can have access to education, health services, and online banking, among other digital needs.

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The National Telecommunications Commission approved last May Starlink Internet Services Philippines Inc.’s registration as a value-added service provider, allowing the company to directly access satellite systems, as well as build and operate broadband facilities to offer internet services.

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Starlink is a satellite internet constellation operated by SpaceX, providing satellite internet access coverage to 40 countries. It boasts speeds of up to 200 Mpbs and latency as low as 20 milliseconds for residential use.

The satellite connectivity is eyed to be rolled out in the country before the end of the year.