Islamabad, 14 December 2021 (TDI): The Starlink team, a US-based global satellite provider, visited Pakistan Telecommunication Authority in Islamabad.

The team compromised of Starlink’s Director of the Middle East and Asia, Ryan Goodnight, and Head of Global Acquisition, Ben Macwilliam, who officially met with Maj General Amir Azeem Bajwa, Chairman PTA and Executive Director Frequency Allocation Board.

They exchanged their views with PTA officials regarding satellite broadband connectivity and discussed future plans of Starlink for connecting Pakistan to their global network.

The official team discussed matters pertaining to the provision of satellite broadband connectivity in Pakistan and highlighted the further prospects of the matter concerned.

Chairman PTA briefed Starlink dignitaries about the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan to build Digital Pakistan and to expand the horizon for the Digital world. He also highlighted prospects of digitalization in the evolving market of Pakistan for high-quality broadband service.

In addition, he assured about the support of PTA for the regulatory framework to further Starlink’s operations in Pakistan. Also, the two parties discussed developing a framework to address the issues of satellite broadband access in Pakistan as the country faces acute problems in this regard.

Shift towards Digitalization

It is worth mentioning here that the world has redesigned its existential structure amid the global pandemic and the rapid shift towards digitalization is one of the lessons which the world has learned.

During the pandemic, businesses, as well as consumers, dramatically shifted towards digital platforms. In the pandemic and the post-pandemic era digital transformation has kept society and businesses afloat.

Starlink is a satellite internet constellation. It is operated by SpaceX which provides satellite Internet access to almost all of the Earth. Up to 60 satellites are launched by SpaceX at a time, with the aim to deploy 1,584 of the 260kg (570 lb) spacecraft for the provision of near-global service by late 2021 or 2022.