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Isko gets cue to negotiate with Elon Musk’s firm for speedy internet in PH


MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Aksyon Demokratiko presidential candidate and Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno on thursday said he had been authorized by the Manila council to negotiate with American billionaire Elon Musk’s company to obtain Starlink low-orbit satellite internet connectivity for the entire country.

“I was informed by the City Council of Manila that it has passed a resolution authorizing me as city  mayor to negotiate with SpaceX Enterprise Group, which is the marketing arm of Elon Musk’s Starlink company,” Moreno said in a press conference.

Under City Council Resolution No. 46, Moreno is authorized “to negotiate and/or enter into a contract with SpaceX Enterprise for the use of Starlink, the world’s most advance broadband internet system in the City of Manila.”

The principal authors of Resolution 46 are Majority Floor Leader Joel Chua, Acting Majority Floor Leader Macario Lacson and President Pro Tempore and Acting Presiding Officer Ernesto Isip Jr.

“I hope we can avail of Starlink low-orbit sattellite soonest. The best success story is in Ukraine when Elon Musk deployed a number of sattellites in that country after its internet connectivity was destroyed by Russian forces. It’s in the news,” Moreno said.

“Hopefully, may awa ang Diyos, puwede tayong gumamit ng Starlink sa buong bansa pag tayo naging pangulo sa Mayo,” he added.

(Hopefully, with the grace of God, we can use Starlink nationwide if we win the elections in May.)

The 47-year-old presidential candidate stated that the City of Manila, and hopefully the entire country, will benefit greatly from Starlink’s services, particularly in terms of disaster preparedness and in times of calamity.

“Hindi naman lingid sa atin na maraming kalamidad sa Pilipinas lalu na ang malalakas na bagyo at lindol. At kadalasan nasisira ay ang linya ng komunikasyon gaya ng nangyari sa Visayas and Mindanao na sinalanta ni Odette. Walang ng telepono, wala pang internet. So malaking tulong itong kay Elon Musk dahil may signal ito kahit may bagyo at lindol,” Moreno pointed out.

Moreno added that public school students in Manila will greatly benefit from the high-speed broadband services offered by Starlink. “Wala ng dead spots, wala ng mabagal na signal o no signal which affects the online learning process of students,” he said.

The City Council noted that Space Exploration Technologies Corp. or SpaceX is an American aerospace manufacturer founded by Elon Musk.

“SpaceX is also a provider of space transportation services, and a communications corporation with headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Currently, it has launched more than 1,700 Starlink sattellites in space,” it said.

“While most satellite internet services today come from single geostationary satellites that orbit the planet at about 35,000km, Starlink is a constellation of multiple satellites that orbit the planet much closer to Earth, at about 550 km, and cover the entire globe,” the Resolution said.

The resolution further read: “Because Starlink satellites are in a low orbit, the round-trip data time between the user and the satellite – also known as latency – is much lower than with satellites in geostationary orbit. This enables Starlink to deliver services like online gaming that are usually not possible on other satellite broadband systems.”

Moreno had previously discussed Starlink’s low-orbit satellites with his campaign teams and at times during previous press conferences that members of the media had missed. Elon Musk’s most recent mention of Starlink was when he sent his satellites to Ukraine for the use of its citizens.

Starlink, Elon Musk’s satellite internet company, works by sending data through space, where it travels much faster than fiber-optic cable and can reach far more people and places.

Source: GMA News

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