You can now pick up a Starlink kit at SM for Php 29,000, making it more accessible to have your own satellite internet at home.
This comes after Data Lake, the first authorized reseller of Starlink kits in the Philippines signed a global retailer agreement with Starlink to sell in SM malls nationwide, Bilyonaryo reported.
“Our collaboration with Starlink has showcased the vast potential of our joint endeavors. We’re now amplifying our commitment to ensuring rapid, reliable internet connectivity worldwide,” Henry Sy Jr., Chairman of SM Supermalls’ parent company SM Prime, said.
The Starlink kits that are sold in SM malls include a Starlink dish, modem, power supply, and mounting tripod. Data Lake is offering a 10% discount for the first 1,000 kits to be sold at each location where the kits are available.
Starlink, which is owned by tech billionaire Elon Musk, first became available in the Philippines back in February. The satellite internet service was found to have faster download speeds than all fixed broadband providers in the country.
However, those speeds come at the cost of a base monthly subscription fee of Php 2,700. In comparison, both Globe and Smart, the Philippines’ two leading telecoms, offer home Wi-Fi plans for Php 999, and some prepaid kits are even cheaper.
Moreover, Starlink was slower when it came to upload speeds and latency relative to its local competition. Starlink does benefit from the nature of its infrastructure as its kits can operate in remote locations where local operators have limited or no reach.