Elon Musk’s Starlink, a satellite broadband service, has officially been registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), according to recent reports.
The registration was confirmed by Syed Aminul Haq, Federal Minister of Information Technology and Communication, who stated that the service has been registered with authentic sources in Pakistan. Haq met with Ryan Goodnight, Global Director of SpaceX, to discuss the details of the registration of Starlink internet broadband in Pakistan.
During the meeting, the two parties discussed how Starlink’s fastest and cheapest satellite internet services will change the overall way of providing affordable broadband services in every corner of Pakistan. The minister expressed optimism that even inactive mobile towers could be inexpensively activated in remote locations, and that Starlink’s services would significantly lower the operational costs of telecom operators.
Starlink had previously asked potential subscribers to pay a refundable deposit as a pre-order for service/equipment, but officials were asked by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to stop taking pre-order bookings.
“Our main objective is to provide broadband services to every corner of Pakistan at affordable tariffs,” said the minister. “Starlink can play an important role in this regard.”
The SpaceX Global Director Ryan Goodnight thanked the Minister for his full cooperation and also commented on Pakistan’s progress in the IT and Telecommunication sector. “Basic steps are complete, and we are ready to go fast,” he said.
With the launch of Starlink Satellites Broadband Internet Service in Pakistan, high-speed internet connectivity will be available even in remote areas. The successful implementation of Starlink’s services in Pakistan is a significant step towards achieving the goal of a connected Pakistan.
Starlink is a satellite internet constellation that operates through SpaceX and provides coverage to over 50 countries. The service uses a low earth orbit to deliver the best internet services globally. It is a constellation of thousands of satellites that orbit the planet significantly closer, at 550 km to Earth. The objective of Starlink is to generate a low latency that facilitates edge computing on Earth. Each satellite in the Starlink constellation weighs 573 pounds and has a flat body. One Space Falcon 9 rocket can fit up to 60 satellites. Starlink works on a satellite internet service technology that has existed for many years, relying on radio signals instead of fiber optics to transmit signals.