Sky-high Internet Speed: Starlink Launches in the Philippines

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The Philippines now have access to Elon Musk’s SpaceX’s satellite internet service, Starlink. For many Filipinos who have long struggled with sluggish and inconsistent internet connections, this new service is a game-changer.

With its sluggish speeds, frequent outages, and expensive costs, internet connectivity in the Philippines has been a significant problem for years. According to the Speedtest Global Index, with a download speed of 37.98 mbps, an upload speed of 9.75 mbps, and a latency of 28 ms, the Philippines is ranked 82nd globally in terms of mobile data. With a download speed of 76.34 mbps, an upload speed of 33.36 mbps, and a latency of 10 ms, the Philippines is ranked 41st globally in the Fixed Broadband category. Because of this, it is challenging for Filipinos to work, learn, and interact online.

A constellation of low-Earth-orbit satellites called Starlink, which was launched in 2019, seeks to offer high-speed internet connectivity to consumers all around the world. The service guarantees low latency and rates of up to 200 Mbps, which is a major upgrade over conventional satellite internet services.

For Filipinos, especially those who reside in rural areas where traditional internet connections are unavailable or unreliable, Starlink’s introduction into the Philippine market is a welcome development. These users now have access to high-speed internet connectivity thanks to Starlink, which is necessary for online activities such as online study and remote employment.

Also, the Philippines’ access to Starlink may help the economy of the nation flourish. More corporate investment and job prospects for Filipinos can result from improved internet connectivity.

A single satellite unit from Starlink costs 29,320 PHP upfront, and after the initial 30-day trial period, there is a monthly connectivity subscription price of 2,700 PHP. Speeds of up to 200 Mbps are promised by the service. Within two to three weeks of the order, the hardware is anticipated to arrive.

For customers who are willing to pay a premium for high-quality service, Starlink is an attractive alternative because to its high-speed internet connectivity and dependability despite its expensive price. The launch of Starlink in the Philippine market is a momentous milestone that has the potential to change the internet environment there and enhance the quality of life for millions of Filipinos.


Lorence Laudenio

Lorence is an IT grad who loves to travel. He shares tech updates, trends, and his travel journey, aiming to inspire others by blending his passions.

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