Starlink disconnects South African customers

Starlink disconnects South African customers

Bonjour,

Victoria here,

Here”s what I’ve got for you today: 

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  Starlink disconnects South African customers 

A Starlink dish placed on a fence next to a house
Gbadebo’s Starlink setup

What happened? Last week, SpaceX purportedly disconnected several customers in South Africa from its satellite Internet service, Starlink, due to alleged trademark and copyright infringements.

While Starlink is not officially supported in South Africa, its roaming service works there. However, to ship Starlink kits directly to South Africa, users must register the service and have the kit delivered to a country that officially supports Starlink.

Among other businesses, StarSat Africa imports Starlink kits for South Africans. Last week, StarSat Africa introduced a plan to reduce prices for Starlink kits by between 13% and 20%.

So, SpaceX reportedly locked the accounts of 350-400 StarSat Africa customers, citing violations of the Starlink Terms of Service, unauthorised resale, and trademark infringement.

Consequently, the company insisted on the immediate…

Victoria Fakiya
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