Pagpasok sa Pinas ng Starlink ni Elon Musk oks na sa NTC

Pagpasok sa Pinas ng Starlink ni Elon Musk oks na sa NTC

May 27, 2022 @ 2:24 PM 4 weeks ago


MANILA, Philippines- Inaprubahan ng National Telecommunications Commission ang rehistrasyon ng SpaceX’s Starlink Internet Services Philippines Inc, na kaya ng magsimula na makapagbigay ng internet services sa bansa.

Ang SpaceX ng billionaire na si Elon Musk ang nag-develop ng Starlink o low-earth orbit satellite na makapagdadala ng broadband technology na kayang maabot maging ang mga remote areas.

Sa isang kalatas, sinabi ng NTC na inaprubahan nito ang Starlink’s registration bilang value-added service (VAS) provider na “would allow the firm to directly access satellite systems, and build and operate broadband facilities to offer internet services.”

“The NTC is steadfast in helping ensure that roll-out of Starlink’s internet access services will be done expeditiously and professionally,” ayon kay NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba.

“The NTC’s swift processing of Starlink’s VAS provider registration was meant to expedite the service’s immediate roll-out,” ayon pa sa NTC.

“Starlink will offer low latency satellite internet service with a download speed between 100 Mbps to 200 Mbps using advanced satellites in low orbit,” dagdag na pahayag ng NTC.

Nauna rito, sinabi ni Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez na tutulungan ng pamahalaan ang kompanya sa permitting process, lalo na’t matapos na lagdaan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte ang inamiyendahang Public Service Act (PSA), “which enabled foreign investors to operate 100 percent of businesses in select sectors such as telcos.”

Sinabi ni Lopez na layon nito na makapagsimula na ang Starlink sa operasyon nito bago pa matapos ang termino ni Pangulong Duterte sa Hunyo30.

Samantala, “SpaceX thanked the regulator for its prompt action on the VAS license which was immediately approved following the completion of requirements,” ayon kay Atty. Bien Marquez ng Quisumbing Torres law firm, legal counsel ng kompanya.

“We would like to thank the NTC for issuing Starlink’s VAS license 30 minutes after we submitted our application with complete requirements,” ayon kay Marquez.

“This shows the government’s seriousness in addressing the connectivity needs of our countrymen in unserved and underserved areas. This will also prepare us in the event of natural disasters and calamities,” aniya pa rin.

“With the approval of the VAS, the Philippines will become the first country in Southeast Asia to offer Starlink services, the NTC said. Japan is also currently negotiating with SpaceX for the service,” ayon sa ulat.

Sinabi ng NTC, inaasahan ng Starlink na masasakop nito ang mga villages sa urban at suburban areas at rural communities na nananatiling unserved o underserved. Kris Jose