The expansion of satellite based Internet services from Starlink are facing a major setback after the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe said its use is not allowed unless if users get licences.
In a statement, POTRAZ said it has not licensed any agent to provide that service and those who will be found in possession of the network system without a valid license will face the law.
“It has come to our attention that there are entities masquerading as licensed service providers or local agents accredited to distribute customer premises equipment for the provision of satelite based internet services to unsuspecting members of the public.
“The public is reminded that only service providers who are licensed or authorised by POTRAZ are permitted by law to provide telecommunication services or distribute/install customer premises equipment for purposes of providing telecommunication services including satelite based broadband Internet services to customers or end users.
“Being found in possession of, or operating a telecommunications equipment/system witjout6a valid license, certificate or authorisation from POTRAZ is a statutory offence punishable by law,” reads the statement.
Starlink is a satelite network developed by Spaceflight company , SpaceX to provide low cost Internet to remote locations.