Starlink operations illegal in Ghana – NCA warns

The National Communications Authority (NCA) has issued a stern warning against the use and sale of Starlink internet services in Ghana, declaring its operations illegal.

In a press release issued on December 7, 2023, the NCA explained that it has not licensed Starlink, the satellite internet service provided by SpaceX, to operate in Ghana and has also not approved any of Starlink’s equipment. 

 This means that any entity selling Starlink equipment or providing Starlink services in Ghana is in direct violation of the Electronic Communications Act 2008.

The NCA in the release warned the public against purchasing any equipment or services from Starlink.

It also warned any individuals or companies involved in the sale or operation of Starlink services in Ghana to cease and desist immediately.

The NCA assured the public that it will continue to ensure fair competition in the market and protect licensees and consumers.

“The attention of the National Communications Authority (NCA) has been drawn to the alleged sale of Starlink equipment and its operations in Ghana. We wish to inform the general public that, the NCA has neither licensed the operations of Starlink in Ghana nor type-approved any of their equipment.”

“Any entity which provides electronic communication services in Ghana without a Licence or Authorisation from the NCA is in direct violation of Section 3(1) of the Electronic Communications Act 2008, Act 775 which states that, Except as otherwise provided under this Act a person shall not operate a public electronic communications service or network or provide a voice telephony service without a licence granted by the Authority,” it said.

“Persons engaging in the sale or operations of the service are also directed to cease and desist immediately.”

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