Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), a company founded by Elon Musk, is expanding into the Philippines by providing satellite broadband access to the country’s businesses and government. Data Lake on the other hand, a Philippine company partially owned by Tycoon Henry Sy Jr, recently announced that it has inked a contract to become Starlink’s first Southeast Asian partner.
Although the country of The Philippines has some of the most ardent social media users in the world, its 4G speeds are among the lowest in the 10-nation ASEAN region.
Additionally, based on the data from the World Bank, only seven out of every 100 individuals in the Philippines have fixed broadband subscriptions, lagging behind regional counterparts like Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand.
According to Anthony Almeda, Data Lake Chairman, The Philippines is an archipelago, therefore linking the nation to the rest of the world frequently necessitates substantial infrastructure. It is made up of more than 7,600 islands, many of which are remote and have steep terrain. Thus, businesses have a tough time providing broadband access.
Moreover, about 20 tropical storms frequently strike the country each year, often causing infrastructural damage and severing communication lines between provinces and islands.
Consequently, the Starlink service from SpaceX employs a network of tens of thousands of satellites to deliver internet connection to remote areas or when communications are interfered with by natural catastrophes.
The launch of Starlink into the Philippine market is anticipated for 2023, according to a statement made earlier this month by the information and communications technology ministry of the Philippines. Additionally, Starlink intends to make its service available in the Philippines in the upcoming months, according to Jonathan Hofeller, vice president of Starlink commercial sales at SpaceX.