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General Discussion => Information Technology & Cyber Security => Topic started by: adroth on June 09, 2021, 12:45:35 PM

Title: Starlink to launch in the PH
Post by: adroth on June 09, 2021, 12:45:35 PM
With over 7,000 islands, the Philippines could demonstrate the benefits of satellite internet compared to current land-based infrastructure

Anthony Cuthbertson
Monday 22 March 2021

SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet will soon launch in the Philippines, where internet speeds are among the worst in the world.

The Southeast Asian country ranks 92nd for fixed broadband and 83rd for mobile internet speeds, according to the Speedtest Global Index, with download speeds averaging between 26 Mbps and 38Mbps.

Starlink internet speeds currently range between 50Mbps and 150Mbps but SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has promised speeds will double to 300Mbps “later this year” as the network grows.

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Title: Re: Starlink to launch in country with one of the world's worse internet connections
Post by: adroth on June 09, 2021, 12:48:53 PM
More Filipinos Are Signing Up For Elon Musk's Starlink Satellite Internet. Here's What You Need to Know
Satellite internet in the Philippines will soon become a reality.
By PAUL JOHN CAÑA   |   Mar 18, 2021

Starlink is a satellite internet system from Elon Musk’s Space X. Essentially it seeks to provide internet to the most remote locations across the planet by sending data via radio signals through space instead of cables.

In October last year, Starlink started its public beta program in the United States, where users can actually test out the service for themselves. Beta testers shelled out $499 (about P24,300) for the Starlink Kit (basically the satellite dish and Wi-Fi router), which is delivered to your address, as well as the service fee of $99 (P4,800) monthly. Earlier this year, SpaceX expanded the beta testing program to Canada and the United Kingdom.

In addition, reports said that SpaceX has registered Starlink subsidiaries in several other countries worldwide, including Austria, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, France, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, and the Philippines.

What does this mean?

Well, for one thing, Starlink has begun taking “reservations” for the planned expansion of its service in the country. If you go to, you will be asked to input your service address and make a deposit of $99. After that, you’re officially on the waiting list of people who will receive the service at launch.

And when will that be?

Starlink has not given a specific date for beta testing in the Philippines except to say that it is targeting coverage here in 2022.

But already, we have heard reports of Filipinos shelling out the reservation fee in the hopes of being the first to try out the service that is expected to revolutionize the way people access the internet. Even local tech pioneer Abe Olandres aka Yugatech said he already made a deposit for it last month. Chalk it up to frustration about the less-than-ideal service people are getting from established local ISPs, or perhaps they’ve been swept up by the hype surrounding Musk and his SpaceX company. Or maybe it’s just plain curiosity. Whatever it is, the hype seems to be real and people can’t wait to try out Starlink for themselves.

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