Hanno Labuschagne

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Starlink approved in Botswana

Botswana granted a license to SpaceX’s Starlink unit, the latest African nation to allow the Internet services company to operate after it threatened to restrict services where it’s unlicensed.

Regulators in the southern African nation were asked to fast-track approval of the license, President Mokgweetsi Masisi said in remarks posted on his office’s official Facebook page.

[Bloomberg]
 
SA will be the last country in Africa to get it thanks to BEeEEEE. Another anc success story.
 
We're being made irrelevant in front of our eyes, the ANC is a pathetic bunch of leeches
 
Zimbabwe and now Botswana... pathetic from the South African government!
You must remember that Startlink has not even applied for a license - SA is not saying they can't operate here :unsure: never have.

They just saying they need to follow the same rules as all the other ISP's/FNO's currently operating.
 
Zimbabwe and now Botswana... pathetic from the South African government!
All our neighbors will soon have it

But then, all our neighbors are not handing their country over to China and Russia so… makes sense I guess.
 
You must remember that Startlink has not even applied for a license - SA is not saying they can't operate here :unsure: never have.

They just saying they need to follow the same rules as all the other ISP's/FNO's currently operating.
Nonsense.

Starlink is not a South African company. But they want to force it to give 30% share of local operations to cadres? They not even running infrastructure here.

And by the time that 30% reaches the consumer we’ll be paying well over what our neighbors are. And government knows that then people will just buy kit in Moz/Botswana for much cheaper and roam here because Starlink will be allowed.

the there’s the fact that that’s excuse no1. Let’s wait and see if they hop over that hurdle what they will pull out of the bag next. Because we’re aligned heavily with anti-US countries and Starlink is viewed as a US product and “Western” network.
 
I read the other day that internet access is standing in the way of SA going cashless.
At this rate Zim will be cashless before SA lol.
 
Nonsense.

Starlink is not a South African company. But they want to force it to give 30% share of local operations to cadres? They not even running infrastructure here.

And by the time that 30% reaches the consumer we’ll be paying well over what our neighbors are. And government knows that then people will just buy kit in Moz/Botswana for much cheaper and roam here because Starlink will be allowed.

the there’s the fact that that’s excuse no1. Let’s wait and see if they hop over that hurdle what they will pull out of the bag next. Because we’re aligned heavily with anti-US countries and Starlink is viewed as a US product and “Western” network.
The ECA is clear unfortunately. , They either have to setup a local company who has ecs and ecns licences (30% bee) or the ECA needs to be amended.

If ICASA allows Starlink they gonna get dragged to court by the incumbents under the current regulations.
 
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