SpaceX’s Starlink program stopped due to security concern

Ijaz Kakakhel

A legislative body of Upper House of parliament on Monday was informed that SpaceX’s Starlink technology is still in its early stages and further progress could not be made due to some security concerns. The revelation was made during Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication, which was held today at the Parliament House while Senator Kauda Babar was on chair.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) officials gave a detailed briefing to the committee regarding SpaceX’s Starlink program in Pakistan. Senator Afnanullah Khan said that it is an excellent technology for providing internet services in remote areas and it is not appropriate to forego it just because of security concerns. The Chairman Committee, Senator Kauda Babar formed a sub-committee to settle the matter and bring it to a logical end. Sub-committee will sit with all the stakeholders and resolve the issues.

The Committee was briefed on the Universal Services Fund’s plans to improve voice and data services in underdeveloped areas. Officials said that many projects are underway to provide the best service to the customers in Balochistan. A private telecom company has introduced 4G internet service on 95% towers in Gwadar district.