PTA makes security clearance mandatory for Starlink Satellite Internet

The satellite internet service Starlink, owned by Elon Musk’s SpaceX, has sought to operate in Pakistan. However, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA), the country’s national telecoms regulator, has expressed concern over the proposal. The PTA has categorically stated that a security clearance is required for a Starlink satellite internet connection.

What is Satellite Internet?

Satellite Internet involves the use of communications satellites, often geostationary satellites, to provide access to the Internet. Although satellite internet offers worldwide coverage, the connection is location independent and portable. It is the optimal internet connection in areas where the quality of the access is unstable or insufficient or where terrestrial internet access is absent.

Starlink is a global provider of satellite-based Internet connectivity in several countries. Recently, it has provided the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority with a technical and financial strategy for satellite-to-satellite laser technology based operations in Pakistan.

However, a number of stakeholders, including the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and other organizations, have raised concerns about the hosting of data outside of Pakistan and the security risks of satellite internet.

In response to these concerns, the PTA mandated a satellite Internet connection security clearance. The Pakistani government is tightening its grip on Internet and technology companies operating in the country.

As the country continues to grapple with telecommunications infrastructure issues, the introduction of satellite internet could provide much-needed respite to many annoyed by slow and intermittent connections.

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Amir Hussain

Amir Hussain is the founder of Freemium World, a geek by nature and a professional Blog writer . I love to write about new technology trends, social media, hacking, blogging and much more.

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