MP urges NCA to proactively address ‘alleged Starlink operations in Ghana’

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A member of the Communications Committee of Parliament and the MP for Bunkpurugu Constituency, Hon. Abed-Nego Bandim, has criticized the NCA for its inadequate handling of the Starlink dilemma, emphasizing the satellite network’s operational presence since 2019.

“The National Communications Authority (NCA) is several generations behind tracking such state-of-the-art satellite technology,” said Mr. Abed-Nego Bandim.

He questioned the NCA’s capacity to track operations of advanced satellite technology and stressed the need for a proactive approach.

In response to the NCA announcement on the alleged illegality of Starlink operations in Ghana, Mr. Abed-Nego Bandim highlighted the significant role played by Starlink, owned by Elon Musk, in providing high-speed internet globally, including aiding independent analysts in tracking real-time events such as the Russia-Ukraine war.

He suggested that the NCA cannot monitor such advanced systems and urged the authority to engage in discussions with Starlink to regularize its operations.

“Even if Starlink has started fully operating in Ghana as reported, or they are to start operating in April 2024 as reported, does the NCA have the capacity to track such operations,” questioned Mr. Abed-Nego Bandim?

He expressed concern that other companies with similar technologies could be operating within Ghana’s territorial space silently without the knowledge of the NCA.

Mr. Abed-Nego Bandim emphasized that it is not enough for the NCA to issue statements warning the public against Starlink operations.

He called for Starlink to be brought to the discussion table to regularize its operations, especially given the positive uses such technology could have in rural areas.

Addressing the national security implications of the satellite, Mr. Abed-Nego Bandim urged the NCA to become more proactive and less reactive.

He suggested collaboration with entities such as the Office of the Registrar of Companies and the Ghana Revenue Authority for early detection and proper regulation of companies in the ICT sector.

Mr. Abed-Nego Bandim underscored the importance of considering national security in handling the matter and called on the NCA to take a proactive stance.

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