Elon Musk's SpaceX internet service has started up in the Philippines, making it the first in Southeast Asia.

The proposed project in the Philippines by Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) is expected to be completed in the next three months, or before President Duterte steps down, making the Philippines the first country in Southeast Asia to host the fast broadband facility via satellite, according to Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez.

Starlink, SpaceX's Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite network constellation, will provide internet services throughout the Philippines. Sec. DTI As discussed in a recent meeting between Lopez, SpaceX senior executives Rebecca Hunter and Ryan Goodnight, NTC Deputy Commissioner Edgardo Cabarios, and DFNN Executive Chairman Ramon Garcia Jr., Lopez said that preparations are ongoing for their registration.

Representatives from SpaceX were also scheduled to meet with Philippine national government officials in the hopes of making the Philippines the first country in the Asean region to use Musk's low-orbit Starlink satellite, and Manila the first city in Southeast Asia to receive its fast broadband internet service.

At previous press conferences, Moreno had emphasized Starlink's low-orbit satellites, which had gone unnoticed by the media. Elon Musk most recently mentioned Starlink when he announced the deployment of his satellites in Ukraine for citizens to use.
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