Starlink, which is owned by Elon Musk’s SpaceX, has applied to operate in Pakistan. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the country’s telecoms regulatory organisation, has expressed concern regarding the idea. The PTA has said unambiguously that security clearance will be required for satellite Internet connection.
Starlink, a global provider of satellite-based Internet connectivity in numerous countries, has given the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority with a technical and financial strategy for satellite-to-satellite laser technology-based operations in Pakistan.
Yet, a number of stakeholders, including the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and other organisations, have voiced concerns regarding data hosting outside of Pakistan and the security risks of satellite internet.
In response to these concerns, the PTA has mandated security clearance for satellite internet connection. The Pakistani government is tightening its grip on internet and technology companies operating within the country.
As the nation continues to struggle with telecommunications infrastructure difficulties, the introduction of satellite internet could give much-needed relief to many who are annoyed by slow and intermittent connections.