Introducing Non-Geostationary Satellite Constellations Test Deployments to Improve Internet Service (INCENTIVISE)
The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) launched the Introducing Non-Geostationary Satellite Constellations Test Deployments to Improve Internet Service, or INCENTIVISE, project in 2020. The project aims to determine the effectiveness of the emerging satellite internet technologies in the country. NGSO satellite constellations are an emerging space science and technology applications (SSTA) that boast lower latency and better support for delay-sensitive applications such as teleconferencing due to the closer proximity to the Earth.
The project team launched an open call to Satellite Internet Operators in October of 2021, inviting them to temporarily operate in the country and demonstrate the performance of their product in the Philippines under various use cases such as disaster response, education, telecommuting, telehealth, and e-commerce among others. PhilSA also invited other government agencies, the private sector, and the general public to observe the deployments for their own purposes. The project also hopes to promote local industry development and regulatory reforms pertaining to the satellite industry.
Recent events around the world have shown the importance of internet connectivity not only in disaster situations but also in the daily lives of every Filipino. Through INCENTIVISE, PhilSA will be able to see through the laws and regulations that enable, or hinder the growth of infrastructures and other space-related and telecommunications facilities that help in bridging the digital divide.
Starlink kits turned over to PhilSA INCENTIVISE Project during Philippine Space Week
As one of the culminating activities of the first ever Philippine Space Week celebrations, the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) facilitated the handing over of six (6) Starlink units from Data Lake, Inc., authorized reseller of Starlink in the Philippines, to the local government unit (LGU) of Dingalan, Aurora, and Apad-Jomalig National High School in Jomalig, […]Read More
PhilSA Utilizing SpaceX’s Starlink Internet as Part of the INCENTIVISE Project
The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) announced today that it is utilizing Starlink, the satellite network developed and operated by SpaceX, as part of PhilSA’s INCENTIVISE project, or the Introducing Non-Geostationary Satellite Constellations Test Deployment to Improve Internet Services. PhilSA launched the INCENTIVISE open call in October 2021 with the aim of shining the spotlight on […]Read More
PSC members meet, seek expansion of local space industry
The Philippine Space Council (PSC) convened for the 5th PSC Meeting on 25 April 2022. The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA), as the secretariat, hosted the first face-to-face meeting of the incumbent council. The meeting was chaired and called to order by Chair-designate Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña of the Department of Science and Technology […]Read More
PhilSA, USAID, and ADB Present Innovations for Greater Internet Access in Rural and Remote Communities in the Philippines
The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) hosted a virtual forum with international satellite internet providers to discuss the potential of low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites in connecting more households in remote areas in the country, a crucial step for driving economic empowerment, innovation, […]Read More
Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) and OneWeb to test low Earth orbit satellite internet service
The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) has accepted the proposal of OneWeb to test their satellite Internet services in select remote and rural areas across the country under the INCENTIVISE project. Through INCENTIVISE, which stands for “Introducing Non-Geostationary Satellite Constellations Test Deployments to Improve Internet Service,” OneWeb is provided an opportunity to test and demonstrate, on […]Read More
4th Space Council meet, bolster inter-agency cooperation for SSTA in Ph
Members of the Philippine Space Council (PSC) convened for the 4th Philippine Space Council Meeting on 07 December 2021. The meeting was hosted by the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) as council secretariat, and was conducted in a hybrid set-up. The meeting was chaired and called to order by Chair-designate Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña Jr., of […]Read More
INCENTIVISE Open Call
The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) invites operators of Non-Geostationary Orbit (NGSO) Satellite Constellations to participate in INCenTIvISe: Introducing Non-Geostationary Satellite Constellations Test Deployments to Improve Internet Services.Read More
October 2021 - PhilSA launched the INCENTIVISE Open Call and invited Non-Geostationary Orbit (NGSO) Satellite Internet Operators (SIOs)
09 November 2021 - Partnership between PhilSA and DOST-ASTI was established for the implementation of the INCENTIVISE project. Both agencies will work together to meet the site requirements for hosting the SIO’s gateway and its connection to the internet through DOST-ASTI facilities; and implement the Weather and Performance Monitoring System (WPMS) component of INCENTIVISE
28 December 2021 - The PhilSA Executive Committee approved the participation of Network Access Associates Ltd. (Oneweb) and another Satellite Internet Operator in the INCENTIVISE Project
03 March 2022 - Alignment of INCENTIVISE and USAID’s Better Access and Connectivity (BEACON) project in bringing new and emerging space-based satellite technologies and policies to bear on the challenges of bridging the digital divide in the Philippines