Starlink to Potentially Receive Operational License in Ghana as Government Seeks Solutions to Internet Challenges

Starlink to Potentially Receive Operational License in Ghana as Government Seeks Solutions to Internet Challenges

The government of Ghana is contemplating granting SpaceX’s Starlink an operational license to provide internet connectivity to its citizens.

Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu Ekuful, disclosed this during a recent meeting with members of parliament regarding the country’s ongoing internet disruptions.

Addressing Internet Disruptions

With the country awaiting repairs of damaged undersea cables, expected to take about five weeks, the Ministry of Communications is exploring alternative solutions.

Minister Ekuful highlighted the willingness to license additional satellite internet service providers like Starlink to alleviate the challenges faced by users.

Minister’s Announcement

Minister Ekuful announced that Starlink is currently in the process of being licensed, signaling progress towards enhancing internet accessibility in Ghana. Additionally, the ministry encourages other operators to establish their presence in the country.

Emphasizing collaboration, the minister suggested operationalizing RASCOM (Regional African Satellite Company) instead of individual companies working independently.

Ghana’s History with Starlink

Ghana, among over 40 African countries lacking Starlink satellite internet access, is now considering welcoming the service.

While Starlink is officially available in several African nations, including Nigeria, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Malawi, and Zambia, Ghanaian users have not had access until now.

However, 25 African countries are slated to receive Starlink by the end of 2024, including Ghana.

Challenges and Regulatory Landscape

Despite the potential benefits of Starlink’s arrival in Ghana, challenges persist. The National Communication Authority of Ghana previously warned against using Starlink’s equipment or services due to unauthorized operations and raised costs.

The agency cited regulatory violations under the Electronic Communications Act 2008, necessitating proper licensing for telecom services.

Enforcement and Policy Compliance

Starlink’s enforcement of its terms of use has led to the disconnection of customers in countries where the service is prohibited, like South Africa.

However, uncertainties remain regarding enforcement mechanisms in countries like Ghana, Zimbabwe, and Botswana, where the service is also banned.

These challenges underscore the complexity of regulating satellite internet services across diverse legal landscapes in Africa.

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