In the Philippines, Nigeria, and Mozambique, Elon Musk’s Starlink, the satellite Internet business of his rocket company SpaceX, has gotten approval. According to CNN Philippines, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) accepted Starlink Internet Services Philippines Inc.’s registration as a value-added service (VAS) provider in a statement issued on Friday.
“Starlink’s VAS registration now allows the company to directly access satellite systems, build and operate broadband facilities to offer internet services. The NTC’s swift processing of Starlink’s VAS provider registration was meant to expedite the service’s immediate roll-out,” the regulator was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, the CEO informed its Twitter users via a tweet that “Starlink approved by The Philippines”.
He also stated that the satellite internet service has been approved in Nigeria and Mozambique in another tweet. “Starlink approved by Nigeria and Mozambique,” he wrote on the microblogging site.
Starlink is now available in 32 nations, up from 25 stated earlier this year
Musk stated in June of last year that Starlink would span the globe in months, including India. However, its plans to establish a presence in the country were thwarted. Starlink set up shop in India through a subsidiary called Starlink Satellite Communications, with an April launch planned.
However, the Ministry of Communications’ Department of Telecommunications notified Starlink in December that it needed to secure the requisite permits to offer satellite-based Internet services in India.
Without a license, the government directed Starlink to halt “booking/rendering the satellite internet service” in India. Later, Starlink stated that it would apply for a commercial license in India by January 31, but it has yet to do so.