Starlink and Pakistan open discussions on broadband connectivity

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Starlink and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) met this week to discuss the launch of the satellite-based service in the country.

Starlink’s Director of Middle East and Asia Ryan Goodnight and Head of Global Site Acquisition Ben MacWilliam visited PTA headquarters.

They met with the Chairman of the PTA, Major General Amir Azeem Bajwa (R) and the Executive Director of the Frequency Allocation Board.

The two sides discussed the plans for connecting Pakistan through the Starlink network. However, no details were provided by either side.

Pakistan is currently at a crossroads and is investing heavily in connectivity. Earlier this year, the Pakistan government released their Digital Pakistan Policy. Led by the Ministry of IT and Telecom, the policy will provide accessible, affordable, reliable and high-quality IT services.

In addition, the Prime Minister of Pakistan has a vision for this policy. He wants the policy to become a strategic enabler for an accelerated digitalization ecosystem to expand the knowledge-based economy and spur socio-economic growth.

As of right now, Starlink is not available in any Asian nation. However, the company spoke with Chinese and Indian officials over the last year.

Currently, Starlink provides internet services to 14 countries, including Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand and ten European countries.

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