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In a shocking move, high-speed satellite internet provider Starlink has reportedly warned that it may disable its services in Zimbabwe.

Starlink is SpaceX’s low-latency broadband internet system that utilizes a constellation of low Earth orbit satellites.

Starlink, owned by billionaire Elon Musk, is expanding its presence in Africa. The internet service provider has already received approval for usage in countries like Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique. However, Zimbabwe has yet to grant Starlink a license to operate within its borders.

Nevertheless, despite its lack of legal authorization, people in Zimbabwe have been purchasing Starlink kits and using the satellite internet service.

Since the satellite internet provider is still not licenced in Zimbabwe, those who have acquired Starlink may have their services disabled following reports that local telecommunications authorities allegedly approached the company.

Zimbabwean government authorities have previously stated that Starlink is welcome to apply for a license to operate in the country. Earlier this month (March 2024), ICT Minister Tatenda Mavetera expressed optimism that the government would finalize Starlink’s entry into the Zimbabwean market by the end of July.

Tari Mudahondo

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