The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has granted Starlink, the satellite internet division of billionaire Elon Musk's rocket company SpaceX, a license to operate in the Philippines.
Here's what you need to know:
Using satellites in low orbit, Starlink delivers high-speed broadband internet to rural and remote areas "where access has been unreliable, too expensive, or completely unavailable."
It "enables video calls, online gaming, streaming, and other high data rate activities" that are previously impossible with satellite internet.
Starlink can also be used to gain access to general information, social media, educational and health services, and even provide much needed connectivity during calamities.
In the Philippines, reports said the Starlink Starter Kit will cost P31,000. This one-time payment covers the satellite dish receiver, cable, mounting accessories, and modem.
Accordingly, the monthly service fee of P5,800 will be charged for a speed of 100 to 200 Megabits per second (Mbps) for a Residential plan. Pricing for Business with 350 Mbps speed as well as the RV plans for the Filipino market are yet to be known.
Sources said the Starlink latency could be between 20 milliseconds to 40Ms, "depending on weather conditions."
Starlink operations in the Philippines is said to start in June 2022, before President Rodrigo Duterte's term ends, as SpaceX's act of gratitude to his administration for allowing 100% foreign ownership in key sectors including communications, as provided for in Republic Act 11647 which amended the Public Service Act.