DICT: SpaceX eyeing to start PH operations in Q4 of 2022

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 29) – American technology provider SpaceX Corp. is eyeing to start providing internet services in the country by the last quarter of this year, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary John Ivan Uy said on Friday.

Uy added they met with the representatives of the Elon Musk-owned firm as they prepare their first operations center in Southeast Asia in the Philippines.

"The SpaceX representatives gave us an indication they will be open for business by last quarter of this year. They could provide very extensive coverage by next year,” Uy told CNN Philippines’ The Exchange.

The DICT chief said SpaceX remained firm in its commitment to provide satellite technology to remote areas in the country.

Uy admitted that internet services from satellite technology - which will be offered by SpaceX - will be more expensive compared to fiber optic connectivity used by local providers.

"But if we're talking about deploying them in the remote areas, the bandwidth and the costs compared to similar technologies in the past using satellites, this is much cheaper and faster and have more efficient technology,” Uy said.

Uy added they are planning to deploy satellite broadband services that will be offered by SpaceX in “shared communities” such as in schools and barangay centers.