Zimbabwe ponders satellite

28 March 2024

The Zimbabwean government is considering partnerships with several satellite internet providers to expand services in the country and reduce costs, reported Tatenda Mavetera, minister of information and communication technologies, postal and courier services.

“We are a landlocked country, so just getting data from where it came from already incurs costs. What we can do is consider other innovative ways. If this means that we have to use satellite companies, it cannot only concern one particular company, namely Starlink,” said Mavetera.

Starlink has sparked controversy in Zimbabwe for several weeks. The government has banned the marketing and use of its equipment, and it has not yet obtained regulatory authorisation to operate in the country.