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    SpaceX to Switch Off Starlink Service in Cameroon by April 30. Here’s Why

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    Users of SpaceX’s Starlink service in Cameroon utilizing regional or global roaming will face disconnection by April 30, 2024. This decision comes as SpaceX moves to disconnect users of its satellite internet network in countries where the service is not yet authorized.

    In correspondence with its customers, SpaceX, led by CEO Elon Musk, reiterated that the availability of its mobile service plans is contingent upon various factors, including regulatory approvals. Users found in violation of Starlink’s terms by operating outside designated service areas risk losing internet connectivity after the specified date.

    Although Starlink has not received official authorization in Cameroon, the service has been operational through roaming agreements. Enonchong explained that users in countries where Starlink was not yet authorized would purchase and register their satellite dishes in countries where the service was commercially available, subsequently subscribing to roaming services. However, SpaceX intends to enforce a two-month limit on roaming usage beginning April 30, 2024, a policy that appears to be global in scope.

    Starlink, marketed by SpaceX as a high-speed satellite internet solution aimed at bridging connectivity gaps in underserved areas, clarified that its “Mobile-Regional” plans for smartphones are intended for temporary use during travel, not as a permanent solution for fixed locations. Users exceeding the two-month roaming limit or utilizing regional plans outside their designated countries will face service restrictions.

    Enonchong further detailed SpaceX’s use of geofencing technology, akin to measures taken in Russia, to identify satellite dish locations. Despite customers in Cameroon holding accounts registered abroad, SpaceX possesses the technical means to identify them.

    This decision by Starlink follows governmental directives urging the company to cease operations in Cameroon and restrict access for Cameroonian users until regulatory approval is granted. Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Minette Libom Li Likeng, confirmed ongoing efforts to formalize Starlink’s presence in the country, while Starlink asserts its commitment to expedite regulatory approvals worldwide, including in Cameroon.

    However, concerns have been raised by some, such as Cameroonian entrepreneur Olivier Madiba, who warns of the potential impact on tech startups lacking viable alternatives amidst Starlink’s suspension in Cameroon.

    As SpaceX navigates regulatory hurdles globally, the fate of Starlink’s operations in Cameroon remains uncertain, leaving users and stakeholders awaiting further developments in the rapidly evolving landscape of satellite internet services.

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