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Manila City govt wants to buy over 1,000 satellites from Elon Musk's SpaceX

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Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, who is also seeking the country's highest post, said the city government is targeting to purchase more than 1,000 Starlink low-orbit satellites from SpaceX, a company of US tech billionaire Elon Musk.
File photo: Elon Musk's Starlink

Manila soon to experience Elon Musk's technology?

Moreno had a meeting with representatives of the American company, his camp said in a statement on Tuesday.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. or SpaceX is an American aerospace manufacturer founded by American billionaire Elon Musk. Currently, it has launched more than 1,700 Starlink satellites in space.

Equipping Manila with SpaceX's low-orbit satellite internet system will boost the city's capacity to deliver basic social services through fast, reliable, and free internet, the presidential hopeful said.

Moreno is optimistic the deal would soon be finalized.

Maraming salamat at binigyan nila ng pagkakataon ang Maynila. Mukhang mag-uumpisa na soon. Hinihintay lang namin yung mga regulatory agencies na i-process yung sa side ng Starlink SpaceX, he said.

The city government plans to deploy about 896 disks for 896 barangays, making them available for 104 public schools—elementary and high school, two city colleges, seven hospitals, 15 police stations, the Manila Police District headquarters, City Hall, and other satellite offices of city hall.

After this transaction, Moreno said Manila would also pursue a deal to provide the same technology to the University Belt.

Moreno said the low orbiter satellite system can provide 110 Mbps FREE for residential families, and speeds of up to 500 Mbps speed for enterprise subscriptions.

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