According to the recent PTA’s tweet, Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Maj. Gen. (R) Amir Azeem Bajwa, met with the Vice-President Commercial Starlink and CEO Starlink Pakistan at the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2022 (MWC) hosted in Barcelona. The delegations discussed the regulatory, technical, and commercial aspects of Starlink’s application to present its broadband services in Pakistan.
Chairman PTA meeting with Starlink officials at the GSMA Mobile World Congress (#MWC22).
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) March 2, 2022
Chairman PTA Met Vice President Starlink at the GSMA MWC 2022
The Chairman PTA and Vice President Starlink decided to work out modalities through further engagement in the near future. MWC Barcelona (formerly Mobile World Congress, but still widely known as MWC) is a GSMA-organized annual trade event focusing on the mobile communications industry. The event is held in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Via, usually in February or early March.
It is attended mainly by device manufacturers, network equipment providers, spokespeople of wireless carriers, and the press, among others. It attracts around 100,000 people each year, and mobile phone makers frequently use the event to announce new products. Telecom representatives and ministers from all over the world attended the conference.
PTA Had Stopped Starlink from Taking Pre-Order Bookings from Pakistani Customers
The recent meeting of PTA with Vice President Starlink comes after the telecom regulator informed the general public that the satellite broadband provider, Starlink, has neither applied for nor obtained any operational license from PTA to provide internet services in Pakistan. PTA had taken up the matter with Starlink to stop taking pre-order bookings from intended consumers with immediate effect as the company has not been granted an operational license for the provision of internet services in Pakistan.