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Zimbabwe Awaits POTRAZ Assessment for Starlink’s Operation Amid Legal Controversies

Starlink intends to come to Zimbabwe between October and December 2023

The Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services, Tatenda Mavetera, announced that the government is waiting for the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) to finalize the assessment of Starlink’s application to operate in the country.

During a recent parliamentary Q&A session, Mavetera emphasized the government’s openness to new technologies to boost the nation’s digital footprint. She stated:

“We are very much welcome to any other technologies to make sure that we enhance our digital footprint as a country.”

Regarding Starlink, Mavetera confirmed that the application process is ongoing with POTRAZ.

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Once the licensing is finalized, Starlink will be able to operate officially in Zimbabwe.

Despite the pending approval, some individuals and businesses have been using Starlink illegally, leading to arrests and charges under the Postal and Telecommunications Act. In March, Zambezi Boutique Private Limited, a Victoria Falls-based company, was fined US$500 for using Starlink services without a license. Similarly, in February, San He Mining Company in Mashonaland Central Province was fined US$700 for the same violation.

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