US, PH show effectiveness of satellite broadband tech

TECH. Adrian Sales of the Philippine Space Agency’s Spacecraft Payload and Communications Systems Development Division presents a Starlink terminal at the public demonstration of satellite internet technology in Dingalan, Aurora on April 21, 2023. / CONTRIBUTED

TECH. Adrian Sales of the Philippine Space Agency’s Spacecraft Payload and Communications Systems Development Division presents a Starlink terminal at the public demonstration of satellite internet technology in Dingalan, Aurora on April 21, 2023. / CONTRIBUTED

THE United States Government and its Philippine partners demonstrated on April 21, 2023 the effectiveness of satellite broadband technology in remote areas of the Philippines as part of a US-supported program to increase access to fast and reliable internet connectivity in the country.

The Introducing Non-Geostationary Satellite Constellations Test Deployments to Improve Internet Service (Incentivise) program was launched by the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) and the Department of Science and Technology’s Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-Asti), with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in October 2021.

Under this program, PhilSA invites satellite operators to conduct pilot tests in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (Gidas) to demonstrate the viability

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