SpaceX confirms Starlink must get regulatory approval in South Africa

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SpaceX confirms Starlink must get regulatory approval in South Africa

SpaceX's Starlink satellite Internet service will be subject to regulatory approval before it can be rolled out in South Africa in 2022.

This is based on a new disclaimer added to the Starlink pre-order page, which was amended in the last month.

Previously, the pre-order fulfilment page only stated that "Availability is limited", a phrase which has since been substituted with "Availability is subject to regulatory approval".
 

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This won't be a stumbling block, looking at how smoothly Netflix's FPB situation was resolved.
 

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They could easily put ground stations in neighbouring countries like Botswana and Namibia, and there will be nothing ICASA can do to stop them providing the service in South Africa.
 

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They could easily put ground stations in neighbouring countries like Botswana and Namibia, and there will be nothing ICASA can do to stop them providing the service in South Africa.
BS! Technically you are correct but, commercially, financially and legally, following that route Will guarantee network failure in SA.
 

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I have an idea that the government is in much deeper talks with SpaceX than Starlinks licensing schemes with ICASA. Ramaphosa announced a planned space hub back in 2020 coupled with the huge Sansa investment to produce up to six satellites.

There is a chance that they may draw on SpaceX's expertise and resources to support these endeavours and then in exchange allow SpaceX to receive special treatment, but I don't believe the ICASA requirement will be removed. This may entail local Starlink CPE production, amongst other consumer and commercial related activities.

Whatever is being planned with SpaceX Internet Services SA will be known soon enough, pending on when they want to trial their internet service within these borders.

Anyone having their pre-order cancelled will quack, but I believe SpaceX will meet the criterion within the given time.
 

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Look at this ****...
There is a major obstacle to Starlink obtaining the licences necessary to bring its services to the country.

Individual telecoms licensees must have a minimum of 30% of its ownership equity held by historically disadvantaged groups, which include black people, women, people with disabilities, and youth.

ICASA told MyBroadband that any applications for new IECS or IECNS licences would not be considered if this criteria was not met.

With SpaceX’s ownership unlikely to constitute 30% black onwership, it appears that Starlink’s rollout in South Africa is in doubt.

What monkey-balls is that.... We will be left in the digital ditch with that mentality.
 

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I have an idea that the government is in much deeper talks with SpaceX than Starlinks licensing schemes with ICASA. Ramaphosa announced a planned space hub back in 2020 coupled with the huge Sansa investment to produce up to six satellites.

There is a chance that they may draw on SpaceX's expertise and resources to support these endeavours and then in exchange allow SpaceX to receive special treatment, but I don't believe the ICASA requirement will be removed. This may entail local Starlink CPE production, amongst other consumer and commercial related activities.

Whatever is being planned with SpaceX Internet Services SA will be known soon enough, pending on when they want to trial their internet service within these borders.

Anyone having their pre-order cancelled will quack, but I believe SpaceX will meet the criterion within the given time.
ANC will never allow cheap internet for everyone, they will use BEE and corruption and only the rich will be able to afford it, that is if StarLink is stupid enough to do business with SA.
 

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They could easily put ground stations in neighbouring countries like Botswana and Namibia, and there will be nothing ICASA can do to stop them providing the service in South Africa.
It's as if you wilfully prefer ignorance.

Then they will need regulatory approval in Bots/Nam. Or are you one of those bright ones that think telecoms and broadcasting regulation is a SA only thing?
 

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Jeez, there's some dumb posts in this thread. This is STANDARD procedure. Look at all your wireless routers and wireless devices. They all have ICASA approval. All countries do this.
 

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Jeez, there's some dumb posts in this thread. This is STANDARD procedure. Look at all your wireless routers and wireless devices. They all have ICASA approval. All countries do this.

I am quite sure the commentators in here are aware about these 'standard' procedures, but not all countries has a 30% black equity requirement.
 

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Jeez, there's some dumb posts in this thread. This is STANDARD procedure. Look at all your wireless routers and wireless devices. They all have ICASA approval. All countries do this.
Gone are the days MyBB would cover IT news, now they just run political agendas, and most in here are eating it up.
 

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How do you think your TV, cellphone, router or laptop got ICASA approval?

Thousands of devices get approval every year.
Wrong kind of ICASA approval.

ICASA said SpaceX must obtain an individual electronics communications service (IECS) licence and individual electronics communications network service (IECNS) licence to operate as an ISP in South Africa.
 

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Getting regulatory approval may take a few years. Many fingers needs dipping first and there will be a lot of fights, literally behind the scenes and out of public sight, within the ruling party before these processes are finalized.

That being said, SpaceX is not stupid. They will register a new company in South Africa, get a huge amount of South African government funding and then share profits with all the corrupt cronies from the South African business only.
 
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