The country has demanded that Elon Musk meet a number of prerequisites, which is the basis for this.
Starlink has been considering breaking into the Tanzanian market.
The Tanzanian government has denied that its bureaucracy will continue to deny Mr. Elon Musk’s Starlink application for authorization to operate in the country and asserted that it is prepared to authorize the company’s operations in less than a day.
“There is no reason whatsoever to deny his application, I have personally reached out to him…I reminded him that we are still waiting for his company to finalise the remaining legal requirements before Starlink is allowed to operate,” he explained.” Mr. Nape Nnauye, minister for information, communication, and information technology said.
“But even then all investments should be in line with our laws and regulations and when the company finalises legal requirements as stipulated by the laws, the ministry will permit them to operate, even by tomorrow,” the minister added.
The minister’s initial statement stems from the belief that one of President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s priorities is to encourage domestic and foreign investment in the country, and that no one should act as a bottleneck by preventing prospective investors and investments.
Recall that last week, Elon Musk relayed via a tweet that he would love to begin operations in Tanzania, his tweet read, “we would love to (operate in Tanzania). We are just waiting for the government’s approval.”
The Tanzanian government has already provided Starlink Business with a response outlining what needs to be done in order for them to move forward with their plans, the Minister of Information, Communications, and Information Technology tweeted in response. He emphasized that before taking any action, Starlink must complete all required paperwork.
Many believe that the availability of Starlink services in Tanzania during the first quarter of 2023 will improve the nation’s standing in the digital economy and facilitate widespread access to the internet and other technologies.
To provide internet connection, Starlink connects tens of thousands of satellites in orbit to a few chosen terrestrial transceivers. Particularly in remote areas with insufficient infrastructure to sustain fiber connections, the service would have a significant impact.
While some are excited about Starlink’s potential impact, others worry that powerful phone and internet firms would prevent its approval. A communications expert and media personality named Maria Sarungi expressed her displeasure with Tanzania’s censorship policies and high internet costs and pushed for unrestricted internet access.
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