Islamabad: According to news sources, Elon Musk’s broadband internet firm officials met with Minister of Information Technology and Telecom Syed Amin-ul-Haque on Tuesday (December 14) to discuss opening South Asia’s first office in Pakistan. Satellite internet services will be provided by Starlink, a SpaceX-owned and controlled satellite network.
According to reports, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) met with a delegation led by Starlink’s director of the Middle East and Asia Ryan D Goodnight and the head of global site acquisition Ben Macwilliam in Islamabad to discuss the plan.
The minister lectured company executives on Pakistan’s business potential, teledensity, and legislation related to ease of doing business. Both parties recognise the importance of improving internet access in Pakistan’s underprivileged areas. The firm, which is already registered in Pakistan, will open its first office to streamline and accelerate work on the project.
SapceX has expressed interest in building Space of Things and Internet of Things in Pakistan, according to reports. The minister also briefed industry representatives on the PM Digital Pakistan initiative and the Broadband for All programmes, adding that the country’s internet user base is rising and that excellent internet services are in high demand in the education and services sectors.