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NTC exempts Starlink from radio licensing process

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The National Telecommunications Commission said Thursday it approved the request of Starlink Internet Services Philippines Inc. of US billionaire Elon Musk to exempt its equipment from radio station licensing to expedite the commercial rollout of its satellite internet services in the country.

The NTC said in a statement it “deemed approved the request of Starlink Internet Services Philippines Inc. that its Starlink User Terminals be classified as customer premise equipment and not to subject the same to radio station licensing as it nears its commercial roll-out.”

The NTC’s approval, however, requires Starlink to comply with filing of application for the modification of its type acceptance certificates with the NTC’s Equipment Standards Division.

NTC said Starlink should also go through the Commission’s Regulation Branch, National Capital Region regional office and Radio Spectrum Planning Division to obtain permits to import and comply with product registration and submission of an affidavit of undertaking.

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