The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has confirmed that Starlink Internet Services Philippines, a subsidiary of US-based SpaceX, received its certificate of registration as a value added service provider (VAS) on 26 May 2022. The regulator said last week that Starlink Internet Services Philippines will offer ‘high speed low latency satellite internet service with download speed between 100Mbps to 200Mbps’, and the announcement follows a government statement in April this year that SpaceX plans to use its Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite network constellation Starlink to provide internet services across the archipelago – particularly in areas of the country where it is currently difficult or impossible to provide internet access.
NTC Deputy Commissioner Edgardo V Cabarios hopes the award will entice other players into the market. In a phone interview he reportedly told BusinessWorld: ‘It’s expected that the others will follow. First, the implementing rules for the amendments to the Public Service Act (PSA) are being prepared by the National Economic and Development Authority, so others are probably just waiting for the specific rules.’