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Elon Musk's Starlink satellite broadband may cover PH by Q3

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Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel 3rd is optimistic the Philippines can take advantage of Elon Musk's Starlink satellite broadband project. 
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PH expects Elon Musk's Starlink satellite broadband this 2021

Initiated by Space Exploration Technologies, Corp. (SpaceX), the Senate in a statement said Starlink satellite broadband's potential system coverage of the country may begin by the third quarter of this year. 

This was discussed during a virtual meeting with the legislator and Musk's team. 

Pimentel reiterated the need to have reliable internet connectivity, especially now that the Philippines shifts to the new normal forced by the coronavirus pandemic. 

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippines will immensely benefit from Starlink's high-speed and low-latency internet which can make possible effective contact tracing and quarantine monitoring, improved and accessible government services, enhanced security, online education and remote learning, emergency, and disaster preparedness, said Pimentel.

He stressed that Musk's team vowed that the Starlink project would provide a value-added platform to connect many Philippine communities, businesses, and consumers with high-speed, reliable broadband. 

This initiatory engagement with SpaceX is both timely and encouraging. The pandemic has taught us that "connectivity is life". This is why I believe coverage by Starlink is very important for the Philippines given that we are a nation of more than 7,600 islands with a substantial number of its citizens living and working outside of the country. Our citizens want and need to be in touch with one another through efficient and affordable means, Pimental added. 


Source: Senate
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