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Elon Musk Shifts Focus to Bring Starlink to the Philippines

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Elon Musk, the founder of electric car manufacturer Tesla and space exploration company SpaceX, has recently shifted his attention to Asia Pacific countries. He now plans on bringing high-speed internet services across this area which will allow people in these regions more opportunities for economic growth with access still being affordable even if they don’t have any money saved up yet.

Starlink, a new satellite internet service, has been approved by the Philippines’ National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) for registration as a Value-Added Service. This company is expected to provide high-speed, reliable access in contrast with existing providers who have diminished reputation because their cost and service quality are not up to par anymore.

The Filipino regulatory body, NTC, has approved Starlink’s registration for providing internet services in the country. This means they can start offering their high-speed data plans soon! Alongside this approval came news that through its VAS license, it will be able to access satellite systems and build broadband facilities which are necessary ingredients needed before launching an effective online business here on earth as well as aboard alien worlds like Mars or Jupiter’s moon Europa.

Bien Marquez, counsel for Elon Musk’s SpaceX in the Philippines and a member of Quisumbing Torres law firm, said he is grateful that NTC has worked hard to accelerate Starlink’s Vestas VAS License.

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

The arrival of Starlink in the Philippines will provide consumers with an additional option for poor internet services. It has been reported that this company’s service is being provided through advanced, low-orbit satellites, which make it one of only a handful across all Southeast Asia countries at present.

With over 2,000 satellites deployed around the world so far and plans to launch many more in coming years from their current base at loftily headquartered headquarters near Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Starlink has been one of if not the premier provider for high-speed internet access services with download speeds between 100 MBPS – 200 MPH.

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