ICASA and SpaceX in talks about Starlink

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ICASA and SpaceX in talks about Starlink

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has confirmed to MyBroadband that it is in discussions with SpaceX regarding its satellite-based Starlink Internet service.

SpaceX this week opened pre-orders for its fast, low-latency satellite broadband service across the world, including in South Africa.

Those interested in signing up can put down a deposit of $99 to be prioritised when Starlink goes live in the country in 2022, putting them first in line to get the hardware required to connect to the Starlink network.
 
Headline soon on MyBB: "Starlink in SA delayed to 2025"

Ok, more likely: "Massive delay in local Starlink rollout", but you get my drift.
 
Although I appreciate that discussions about spectrum are necessary, I cannot help but think that this is the first step in the ANC beginning their interference to keep Starlink away from the people.
 
I can't see how ICASA could do anything if SpaceX is just gave them the middle finger and just ploughed ahead without any regulatory approval.
 
Going to be long talks. Still waiting for the Pi 400 to be approved 5 months later. ICASA is useless and should go suck a tailpipe.
 
I can't see how ICASA could do anything if SpaceX is just gave them the middle finger and just ploughed ahead without any regulatory approval.
They can't. Their international licence conditions will be revoked if they ignore country rules. Sure the satellites will be there but they will have to switch them off when overhead and the SKA project also impose restrictions on coverage over large portions of SA.
Very few people have taken much notice of how vast those radio restrictions are.
 
They can't. Their international licence conditions will be revoked if they ignore country rules. Sure the satellites will be there but they will have to switch them off when overhead and the SKA project also impose restrictions on coverage over large portions of SA.
Very few people have taken much notice of how vast those radio restrictions are.
Isn't it a geosynchronous orbit? As in whichever satellites are overhead have to have those frequency bands turned off pretty much permanently when talking to South Africa?
 
On the one hand I don't see SpaceX swapping paper bags, too risky for their reputation and I don't think Elon would go in for that sort of thing.

On the other hand, nothing gets done here without someone benefitting so likely it will just never happen, or take 4 years to ratify an agreement.
 
Isn't it a geosynchronous orbit? As in whichever satellites are overhead have to have those frequency bands turned off pretty much permanently when talking to South Africa?
No these are NOT GSO satellites but LEO satellites like a swarm of bum flies.
 
On the one hand I don't see SpaceX swapping paper bags, too risky for their reputation and I don't think Elon would go in for that sort of thing.

On the other hand, nothing gets done here without someone benefitting so likely it will just never happen, or take 4 years to ratify an agreement.

Our market is too small for them to care. If things get difficult or expensive they just won't bother.
 
Why not build a "SKA" on the moon, and use Starlink to beam data to/from this "MoonSKA"?
Win-win for everyone?
 
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