- The Tanzanian government is asking Elon Musk’s satellite internet provider, Starlink, to meet the remaining requirements before it can operate in the country.
- The Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) stated that, like any other company, Starlink needs to follow the proper procedures before being issued an operating license.
- Starlink has already been approved in Nigeria and Mozambique and is expected to have a significant impact, especially in remote areas with poor infrastructure, boosting the country’s digital economy.
The Tanzanian government is insisting that Elon Musk’s broadband provider Starlink meet all operational requirements before being allowed to operate in the country. The satellite internet constellation, operated by SpaceX, has already been providing internet connectivity in Nigeria and Mozambique thanks to regulatory permits issued by those nations.
However, the Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) wants Starlink to follow proper procedures before being issued an operating license. TCRA’s Director General, Dr. Jabiri Bakari, stated that, like any other company, Starlink needs to follow the necessary steps before it can start operating.
Minister for Information, Communications, and Information Technology Nape Nnauye wrote on his Twitter page that the government had already replied to the Starlink Company with what they need to do in order to proceed with their plans. He emphasized that Starlink needs to complete all necessary documents before other procedures can follow.
Starlink’s services were set to be available in Tanzania in the first quarter of 2023, and many believe its presence will strengthen the country’s position in the digital economy and provide universal access to the internet and other technologies.
Starlink provides internet connectivity using thousands of satellites in space that communicate with designated ground transceivers. The service would have a significant impact, especially in remote areas where the infrastructure is too poor to accommodate fibre cables.
While some are excited about the potential impact Starlink could have, others are worried that major internet and phone providers will hinder its approval. Communications expert and media personality Maria Sarungi expressed her frustration with government censorship and high internet taxes in Tanzania and called for unfettered internet access.
Starlink has announced on its official website that its services will be introduced between January and March of this year, pending regulatory approval. Whether or not Starlink will have a significant impact will depend on how quickly and affordably the business can deliver its service.