GEO satellite operator Intelsat granted license to operate in the Philippines

Intelsat will empower Philippine partners to expand their reach across the archipelago.

Satellite service provider Intelsat is now the first foreign operator licensed to provide geosynchronous equatorial orbit (GEO) satellite solutions in the Philippines. This move signifies a significant boost for the country’s internet connectivity, particularly in remote areas.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) granted Intelsat a Satellite Service Providers and Operators (SPPOs) license, which will allow the company to offer satellite access and backhaul solutions to mobile network operators, telecommunication carriers, and internet service providers (ISPs) across the archipelago’s 7,600 islands.

Previously limited by terrestrial infrastructure, Intelsat’s entry will empower Philippine partners to expand their reach. Mobile network operators can extend 4G coverage beyond current limitations, ensuring nationwide access.

Similarly, ISPs gain the ability to bridge the digital divide by delivering internet services to far-flung barangays (villages). Additionally, existing microwave and fiber networks will benefit from increased redundancy and resiliency.

The Philippines’ internet resilience currently lags behind its Southeast Asian neighbors, scoring only 7 out of 11 in a recent study. Intelsat, with its vast experience and focus on customer service, aims to address this gap by offering reliable connectivity to over 110 million Filipinos spread across the nation’s islands.

While Intelsat paves the way for foreign GEO operators, it’s not the only player in the Philippine satellite internet market. Companies like Starlink and Astranis are also present, offering their own set of services. This influx of competition can only benefit Filipino consumers, driving innovation and potentially lowering costs.

Image Caption: DICT Secretary Ivan Uy meets Intelsat Managing Director of Government Affairs Jose Toscano in Manila

Bryan is a geek at heart and a tech enthusiast by choice. He has a strong background in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations having worked in the telecommunications and banking sectors for over two decades. In his spare time, he enjoys watching clips on YouTube and binge watching shows on Netflix.

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