Elon Musk’s promise of better internet connectivity in the Philippines has finally become a reality with the launch of Starlink, a satellite-based internet service by SpaceX.
The service is now live in the country, including in Negros Island, according to a tweet by SpaceX.
Starlink offers game-changing technology in the field of internet connectivity, especially in areas where fiber internet service is unavailable due to infrastructure limitations.
Its official website, https://www.starlink.com/map, is now accepting orders from interested subscribers in Negros Island, with a single kit costing Php 29,320. This includes a WiFi router, cables, and a base.
The monthly service fee is Php 2,700, according to its website, which is almost similar to the cost of a regular fiber connection offered by the two leading telecommunication companies in the country. It promises a download speed between 50-200Mbps.
Unlike long-term contracts, which prevent both parties from making sensible changes when necessary, Starlink offers an open contract. However, the company said it can adjust terms and pricing as needed.
It also offers subscribers an option to cancel at any time, for any reason, without penalty. The service also offers a 30-day trial period, and if subscribers are not satisfied, they can return the hardware to get a full refund.
Starlink promises lower latency, making it ideal for online gaming, video conferencing, and other real-time applications. The equipment can also withstand extreme weather conditions such as cold, heat, hail, sleet, heavy rain, gale force winds, and even rocket engines, as stated on technical specification published on its website.*