Starlink, Web1, and PayPal to Launch Services in Pakistan Soon: IT Minister

Sat Jan 06 2024
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Caretaker Federal Minister for IT and Telecommunication, Dr. Umar Saif, has announced that Starlink, Web1, and PayPal will soon be launching their services in Pakistan.

The minister revealed that the approval of the National Space Policy by the cabinet has paved the way for commercial satellite communication businesses to deploy low-orbit satellites, providing fast internet services across the nation, especially in remote areas.

After experiencing delays, Elon Musk’s Starlink is anticipated to be the first company to introduce satellite services in Pakistan. All international companies, including Starlink, are required to obtain a license from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and a no-objection certificate from the Strategic Plans Division before commencing satellite communication services.

Acknowledging the economic impact of an unregulated space sector, the government estimates an annual loss of $40 million and aims to address this through the introduction of a regulated framework.

PayPal Services in Pakistan

Dr. Saif emphasized that the government, in collaboration with PayPal, has facilitated a system for freelancers to remit their payments through intermediaries. While the official launch ceremony is scheduled for January 11, it is important to note that PayPal is not establishing direct operations in Pakistan. Instead, an arrangement has been made to transfer remittances from PayPal through a third party. This initiative aims to enable freelancers to receive their remittances legally with minimal fees, potentially doubling IT exports.

In an effort to position Pakistan as a “tech destination,” Dr. Saif highlighted additional measures taken by the IT ministry. This includes the implementation of a standardized quality test for IT graduates and the introduction of installment plans for mobile phones, making them more accessible to consumers.

Furthermore, the IT ministry has overseen the establishment of 10,000 e-Rozgar centers nationwide, offering enhanced amenities for freelancers and startups.


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