Satellite-based internet service – Starlink – has still not received the green light from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to operate in the country.
Besides its security of data, PTA has also cited Starlink’s business model and technical arrangements as the reasons for not granting it license to operate in Pakistan.
Furthermore, PTA also believes that Starlink’s prices will not be affordable for Pakistani users.
According to sources, it would cost approximately $700 to set up the satellite based internet service.
Moreover, the company will charge a monthly subscription fee of $100 for a 100Mbps internet connection package in Pakistan.
Starlink’s price is the highest compared to any optical fiber or fixed line operator in Pakistan.
In addition to it, payments can only be made through a credit card, which according to PTA, will be another problem for those living in remote areas.
The telecom regulator has asked Starlink not to accept device orders from Pakistani customers through credit cards until it is granted a license.