Jose del Rosario, research director of satellite and space consultancy firm Northern Sky Research, said during a briefing on Wednesday that satellites could bridge the digital divide since they could reach far-flung areas where current infrastructures could not. “What the pandemic has done is that it enabled us to reach a level of usage that.
SES S.A., a Luxembourg-based satellite communications services provider, said on Wednesday that it will bring more advanced satellite technology to the Philippines next year to aid the country’s digitalization efforts. In Southeast Asia, the Philippines has the second-highest number of internet users at 79 million next to Indonesia’s 171.2 million, Jose del Rosario, research director.
Gaining regulatory approval to access new markets is Starlink ’s biggest global challenge, said Jose Del Rosario, a Manila-based consultant at satellite industry firm Northern Sky Research. But mobile roaming will greatly increase its commercial appeal. “A few thousand aircrafts and hundreds of cruise ships can close the business case,” said Del Rosario
“If Starlink services can operate in harsh environments during emergency and war situations, it can adequately do so as well, or more easily, for supporting commercial, consumer, and enterprise requirements in normal or peaceful situations,” Del Rosario told Rest of World.
Although consumer connectivity has historically driven a minority of the demand in the global ground segment, that could change as large broadband constellations begin to come online. Consumers may have access to Starlink connectivity from Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) Supercharger charging stations, according to reports. Tesla is installing Starlink dishes at the locations where electric vehicles charge.