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Sy, Musk partner up to bring Starlink services to PH


Billionaire Henry Sy Jr. has teamed up with Elon Musk to bring Starlink satellite broadband services to the Philippines.
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Sy-Musk partnership

According to a report by ABS-CBN News, Sy-led Data Lake Inc. partnered up with SpaceX’s Starlink to offer high-speed, low-latency broadband internet to Filipinos.

With this, Data Lake will be the first Starlink integrator in the country and in Asia.

The Philippines is an archipelago, and connecting our country to the wider world often requires extensive infrastructure, Data Lake Chairman Anthony Almeda said based on a report by Inquirer.net.

With the largest constellation of satellites on orbit, Starlink is a flexible service uniquely capable of providing high-bandwidth, reliable internet to the Philippines, even in times of natural disaster, he added.

Meanwhile, SpaceX Vice President of Starlink sales Jonathan Hofeller said their satellite services will provide "game-changing connectivity in hard-to-reach, remote areas on land, at sea, and in the air."

We look forward to making the service available in the Philippines in the coming months, and we’re grateful to those who have aided in our ability to connect everyday people, businesses, and government entities, he added.

The American tech mogul's company will launch thousands of satellites into low Earth orbit to form a constellation of spacecraft capable of beaming high-speed internet to hard-to-reach areas.

Monthly fees for commercial coverage in the Philippines start at USD 99 (around PHP 5,700).

Starlink currently provides its services in over 40 countries.

In August, Information and Communications Secretary Ivan Uy told CNN Philippines that Starlink is aiming for 100 percent coverage in the Philippines by the middle of 2023.

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