Starlink to be licensed by government for operations in Ghana

In a bid to enhance connectivity and address the recent internet outage in Ghana, significant strides are being made in the telecommunications sector. The latest development comes with the impending licensing of Starlink, a satellite internet service owned by tech mogul Elon Musk. Additionally, the government is urging other operators to step up and contribute to Ghana’s digital infrastructure.

Communications and Digitalisation Minister, Ursula Owusu, addressed Members of Parliament, emphasizing the need for all network operators to establish alternative routes to restore phone services promptly. This proactive approach aims to mitigate the impact of future disruptions and ensure uninterrupted communication for citizens.

Furthermore, there’s a growing consensus on the importance of collaborative efforts in bolstering Africa’s connectivity. Instead of individual countries pursuing satellite ventures independently, there’s a call to invest in operationalizing RASCOM (Regional African Satellite Company). By pooling resources and expertise, RASCOM can provide a more efficient and cost-effective solution for the continent’s connectivity needs.

As the nation anticipates the resolution of the recent internet outage in the coming weeks, attention is also directed towards Starlink’s entrance into the Ghanaian market. With its satellite internet offering promising high-speed connectivity and wide coverage, many are eager to explore the possibilities it presents.

For those considering Starlink, here’s a breakdown of what to expect: device prices ranging from $600 to $2,500, data caps ranging from 40GB to unlimited, speeds ranging from 5Mbps to 220Mbps, and a monthly cost of $140. With these options, individuals and businesses alike can tailor their internet experience to suit their needs.

As Ghana navigates its digital future, these developments signal a promising era of enhanced connectivity and accessibility for all.