The National Communications Authority (NCA) has declared the operations of Starlink in the country as illegal. The NCA, which is responsible for regulating the communications sector in the country, stated that Starlink does not have the necessary authorization to operate in Ghana.
In a statement released by the regulating body, it emphasized that any entity providing communications services in Ghana must obtain the required licenses and authorizations from the NCA, and hence, the operations of the entity without the necessary authorization is in contravention of Section 3(1) of the Electronic Communications Act 2008, Act 775.
“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’, the statement read.
The Authority also cautioned the general public to immediately refrain from engaing the services of the internet service provider.
“Further to the above, the general public is cautioned to desist from patronising any equipment or service purported to be from Starlink. Persons engaging in the sale or operations of the service are also directed to cease and desist immediately.”
Read below the full statement by NCA: