Elon Musk’s Starlink Internet Surges in Remote Philippine Regions with Connectivity

Elon Musk’s Starlink internet is making significant progress in remote areas in the Philippines. This opens up new opportunities for residents with limited connectivity options. It is difficult to provide internet access in all of the Philippines’ regions due to its archipelagic structure, particularly in areas that are remote and have limited infrastructure. Starlink’s satellite internet service is a game changer, providing high-speed internet with low latency to areas that are difficult to reach by traditional providers.

Starlink’s services provide a new lifeline in areas without reliable internet. This allows for improved communication, economic growth, and education. Starlink’s satellite networks neutralize geographical barriers in remote areas where internet access is scarce or expensive. Residents can connect to the rest of world without any hassle. Students will be able to access virtual classrooms and educational resources online. Starlink’s high speed connection can also be used by entrepreneurs and small business in remote areas to increase their reach, explore other markets and engage customers worldwide. Elon Musk’s Starlink has been a valuable asset to bridge the digital gap and usher in a brand new era of connection in remote areas in the Philippines.

QUEZON, Philippines – In an upland farm in the remote village of Caldong in the town of Sampaloc, Quezon province, farmworker Marcelo Santos can now easily communicate with Candy Soto, head of agribusiness firm, Green Charm Farm, after the latter recently got a Starlink Internet installed in her farm.

It takes between three and four hours from Manila to reach this 7-hectare farm, which produces natural products like lettuce, eggplants, squash, ginger, chili, and more.

Maganda po, nakakachat at natatawagan ko na si Ma’am Candy sa messenger at ‘di na kailangan bumili ng load,” He told Rappler.

You can call Ma’am Candy on FB Messenger.

Marcelo also said that he, his family, and friends can now watch online episodes Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho YouTube: (KMJS), a popular Philippine news show. 

Soto said to Rappler, that the internet connection was fast enough for her to receive fresh information from Santos about the quantity of vegetables she produced. This has led to an improvement in the sales and distribution of the produce. She can better estimate how much of her produce will be sold to the Rizal province and how much is left for the local market in Quezon.  

With the aid of an app you can also: TapoA CCTV in the farm allows her to monitor the activities of the farmworkers. She will soon install another CCTV to help prevent theft. Green Charm Farm has occasionally had some produce stolen, including eggplants and squash. 

“It’s been a big help since I installed it last May,” Soto said. 

Starlink claims that the antenna can be self-oriented if it has a built-in gyroscope. Starlink claims that the antenna must have a directional ring to be able to self-orient. “clear view of the sky.” Starlink also has the ability to endure extreme heat, cold, heavy rains, and gale-force winds. 

Soto stated that the internet signal in Green Charm Farm has not been affected by heavy rain over the past two month.

The drawback

Households and enterprises in remote rural areas in the Philippines now have access to fast internet via Elon Musk’s Starlink – but only if you can afford its steep regular price: P29,320 for the hardware and a monthly fee of P2,700 for the base Residential package. Starlink comes with an antenna and WiFi router as well as cables and the base. 

Starlink Residential is only available at one registered address. Starlink Roam is available for those who want to be able to use the service anywhere. “active coverage” You can choose to use high-speed internet at any location, as and when you need it. It comes at the cost of connection priority. Residential users can get a more reliable service, even during peak hours. Roam users will see fluctuations in speed when there is high traffic.

Roam costs P29,320 and uses the same hardware as Residential. However, the monthly fee is P3,300 higher. 

With Roam’s portability, this service may be useful for news organizations that deploy journalists for disaster coverage – volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides – in remote locations.

Starlink’s Flat High Performance dish is a better option for other critical applications. It costs P153.94.

Starlink describes the product on its site: “With a wide field of view and enhanced GPS capabilities, the Flat High Performance can connect to more satellites, allowing for consistent connectivity on the go. The hardware is designed for permanent installation on your vehicle and is resilient in harsh environments.”

Flat High Performance dish is compatible with Starlink Mobility plans for use in land vehicles, including “trucking, buses, shuttles, and emergency response” Starlink Maritime can be used at sea. Both come with a P15,394 monthly subscription fee and promise download speeds of up to 220 Megabits/second (Mbps).

Infiniti Liveaboard offers tours on the ocean. UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tubbataha ReefStarlink internet has been installed on its yacht. This allowed divers to access the internet while at sea, during a recent voyage this year. In the Sulu Sea, a world-renowned marine reserve, there is no mobile signal.

Starlink began operating in the Philippines as of February 2023. It claims to be the “world’s most advanced broadband satellite internet,” The ‘and is the “first and largest satellite constellation using a low Earth orbit to deliver high-speed broadband internet” This device supports video calls, streaming, gaming and video.  

Starlink costs a lot, but it is worth every penny for public officials and students in remote locations.

Former journalist-turned-lawmaker, Senator Loren Legarda, for instance, backed the installation of Starlink internet in a school in her home province, Antique, in central Philippines. 

After installing a Starlink service in the Lacaron Integrated Schools in Sibalom last May, students now have access to fast internet.

“Before the installation, the school had been experiencing slow internet speeds, limiting the ability to stream videos or support multiple devices. However, after the installation, substantial improvements were observed,” A press release issued by Legarda’s office stated that. 

Around 150 users will be able to use the service simultaneously. The download speed was 170 Mbps while the upload speed reached 10.8 Mbps. 

“This significant enhancement enables students and teachers to use seamless video conferencing and stream high-quality videos,” Legarda’s office stated. 

Installation of two access points, one for teachers, and the other for students took about 4 to 5 hours. 

Nicasio Frio said that the Starlink internet bridges were installed by the Department of Education in Antique. “the connectivity gap, allowing more schools to participate in online meetings and seminars, ultimately improving educational opportunities for the students.”

Legarda stated that only 16% students had access mobile internet. However, this does not mean they are getting a good experience.

“This is a huge step towards digital inclusivity for our Filipino students, ensuring that every learner has equal access to quality education, regardless of their location. Through this, we are bridging the digital divide and empowering our students to thrive in the digital era,” Legarda stated.

She and her brother Congressman Antonio Legarda installed Starlink internet in Sta. Ana National High-School in Barangay Saint. Ana, Pandan, Antique. The school is situated in one of the seven Geographically Disadvantaged and Isolated Barangays (GIDD) in the province.

Legarda’s Office said that initial speed tests with Starlink internet showed a big improvement, with download speeds ranging from 217.3 to 324.97Mbps. Upload speed went from 6.49 Mbps up to 28.7Mbps.

PISO wifi stations are located in an area of upland in Sitio Pulongbanal, Barangay San Jose in Antipolo City. Rizal. Composite of images taken on May 6, 2019. Isagani de Castro, Jr./Rappler

However, most Filipinos living in remote areas will not be able install Starlink at their own cost. They tend to go for low-cost “sachet” They drop coins into a phone box to access the internet. They are great for sending emails quickly, but may be too expensive for video calls, streaming and gaming. – Rappler.com

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