Botswana bans Starlink two weeks after rejecting application

Botswana bans Starlink two weeks after rejecting application

The news:

  • The Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) has announced that the importation, use, and sale of Starlink kits or services is illegal in the country, and violators will face legal consequences. 
  • The telecom regulator stated that while it is still reviewing Starlink”s application to operate, the Internet satellite, launched by SpaceX in 2018, has yet to be licenced in the Southern African country.  
  • Recall that on February 2, 2024, Botswana’s communication watchdog rejected an application by the internet satellite company to operate in the country ahead of a planned launch in quarter four (Q4) 2024 because the US company failed to meet all the requirements.

In an email, BOCRA stated that Starlink has not authorised any entity to import or resell its Internet kits in Botswana, and any entity that does so without permission will be committing an offence. However, the charges the regulator will be bringing against offenders remain unclear.

Some Starlink kit owners, who claimed to have purchased the Internet satellite devices for personal use, are reportedly stuck at the Kazungula border in Zambia, where they are prohibited from bringing…

Osamu Ekhator
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