Elon Musk's Starlink Is Finally Coming to the Philippines
The satellite broadband service called Starlink from billionaire businessmen Elon Musk and Henry Sy Jr. is finally coming to the Philippines in the first quarter of 2023.
The assurance was made by Data Lake, a firm backed by Sy, which signed a partnership deal with Musk’s Starlink last year to become its first integrator in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.
Satellite internet services from Starlink had been targeted to start being offered in the country last year but production delays and the deployment of so-called low earth orbit (LEO) satellites pushed it back to early 2023.
Starlink had started its public beta program in the US as early as October 2020 and had begun taking reservations for its services in many other countries worldwide, including the Philippines.
Some Filipinos reported paying the reservation fee of $99 (about P5,200) to be on the official waiting list of people who would receive the service at launch.
Starlink had already announced that its initial price for its services was at $599 for the satellite unit and $99 a month for the actual connectivity service. The company promised download speeds of 200 Mbps.
"With the largest constellation of satellites in orbit, Starlink is a flexible service uniquely capable of providing high bandwidth, reliable internet to the country,” Data Lake Chairman Anthony Almeda said during its partnership announcement with Starlink in October 2022. “This is crucial particularly with communications in times of natural calamities.”