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Satellite internet poised for big bang of growth in Southeast Asia

SpaceX, local telecoms and startups rush to enter archipelagic region

A Starlink satellite: SpaceX aims to provide satellite-based internet service in Southeast Asia. (Photo courtesy of SpaceX)

MANILA -- Elon Musk's SpaceX is among the many companies competing to provide satellite-based internet service in Southeast Asia, seeing it as the answer to the slow, unreliable communications the region's vast number of netizens have been putting up with.

"Starlink approved by The Philippines:" Musk tweeted as soon as the country's telecommunications regulator approved SpaceX's Starlink satellite internet service on May 27. Starlink is expected to make its Southeast Asian debut within a few months.

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