In April 2022, news broke out that Starlink satellite broadband services are going to enter the Philippines. This time, details about when it’s going to happen have surfaced.
According to Inquirer.net, Jana Ang, head of sales and marketing of Sy-owned Data Lake Inc. (Starlink integrator in the Philippines), said Starlink services for residential customers will be available sometime between late 2024 to early 2025. Apparently, chip availability is to blame for the delay.
The chip shortage has been affecting various industries, such as automotive and consumer electronics, and Starlink needs these for its satellite dishes.
The company’s rollout this quarter, Ang added, will target enterprise customers first, where 10,000 units were allocated for the segment in the Philippines. Enterprise kits retail for ₱201,600 with a monthly subscription starting at ₱28,000.
Starlink is currently waiting for certification from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) that will allow it to roll out its service in the Philippines.
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The SpaceX division will offer broadband services delivered via its network of over 1,600 low-orbit satellites that can reach remote areas in the country. The Philippines is the first in Southeast Asia to receive its services.