Move to connect Pakistan with Starlink network – Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: A US-based global satellite broadband provider, Starlink, has expressed interest in connecting Pakistan to its broadband services.

Led by Starlink Middle East and Asia Director Ryan Goodnight, a delegation that also included its Head of Global Site Acquisition Ben Macwilliam met with Federal Minister of Information Technology and Telecom Syed Amin-ul on Tuesday. Haque and IT secretary Dr Sohail Rajput.

They discussed the facilitation available to the private sector for investment in the country. The two sides also recognized Pakistan’s need for powerful satellite broadband in areas inaccessible to fiber optics.

A plan to launch Starlink’s satellite broadband Internet across Pakistan was also discussed. Starlink Pakistan, which is already registered in the country, is expected to open its office in Pakistan soon.

The delegation of the broadband satellite network meets the Minister

This will be the company’s first operation in South Asia.

Starlink is a satellite Internet constellation operated by SpaceX providing satellite Internet access to most regions of the world.

SpaceX has also expressed interest in configuring the Space of Things and Internet of Things in Pakistan.

During the meeting, the Minister of Informatics mentioned that with 40,000 schools and small and medium enterprises strengthening their digital presence in the country, the demand for broadband in Pakistan is increasing. He said broadband connectivity was an attractive business model, while increased penetration into unserved and underserved areas further increased the number of internet users.

The delegation was informed of Pakistan’s balanced space satellite regime, which will facilitate satellite services.

Mr. Haq explained the IT ministry’s vision of “broadband for all”. He said he was aligned with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Digital Pakistan vision. He said he aimed to generalize the use of the Internet in the public sector, especially the education sector.

Earlier, the team also visited Pakistan Telecommunications Authority Chairman Amir Azeem Bajwa, who assured them of PTA’s support in accordance with the regulatory framework for Starlink’s operations in Pakistan.

Posted in Dawn, December 15, 2021

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