Sun. Nov 28th, 2021

Starlink is in negotiations with two Philippine carriers to offer its satellite internet services coming year in an archipelagic nation with slow speeds and weak connectivity. Transpacific Broadband Group International Inc. (TBGI) is a satellite broadband provider, whereas Converge ICT Solutions Inc. is a fiber-optic broadband supplier, according to Bloomberg.

According to the CNN Philippines, TBGI’s board of directors approved the idea to pursue conversations with Starlink, and the company wants to provide “modern satellite internet services to suit their rising requirements for fast and dependable connectivity” starting in 2022.

According to CNN, LEOSAT technology “offers a unique combination of cost, speed, flexibility, ease-of-setup, and the 27-millisecond low-latency bandwidth to provide a superior online encounter in the next-level internet-of-things.”

CNN said that the TBGI inked a 3-year managed service deal with Hong Kong-centered satellite operator ABS on October 27 to “build and maintain many sophisticated earth stations in important places nationwide exclusively for LEOSAT connectivity.”

According to Inquirer, which is a local online news agency, Starlink’s entry into the Philippines will require local partners who possesses regulatory franchises and infrastructure, such as ground stations. As per Bloomberg, Converge ICT Solutions, which is a fiber-optic broadband supplier, is in discussion with multiple satellite providers, incorporating SpaceX company, to be able to supplement its internet network.

“We’d like to use low-orbit satellite technologies to bridge the gap in locations where fiber optic cables aren’t reachable so that we can give great broadband connectivity to the vast number of our people,” Uy said, according to Bloomberg.

As per the Speedtest Global Index, the Philippines is ranked 72nd for mobile connection speeds and 64th for fixed broadband. As per data from Digital 2021 Philippine Report, the country’s internet penetration rate is 67 percent, leaving significant swaths of the population without connectivity to online services.

Starlink is a SpaceX-managed satellite broadband network that connects the majority of the Earth’s surface to the Internet. The constellation will eventually comprise thousands of mass-produced tiny satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO) that connect with designated ground transceivers and will have over 1600 satellites by mid-2021. While satellite internet service is technically possible for the majority of the world’s population, it can only be offered in nations where SpaceX has been granted a license to provide service within their borders. The beta service is available in 19 nations as of October 20, 2021.

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