Business and Technology

President Approves StarLink

President Mnangagwa has approved the licensing of Starlink by POTRAZ, marking a significant milestone for the Zimbabwean internet market. With major players like Econet, NetOne, and Liquid already in the sector, the addition of Starlink is poised to bring substantial benefits to the people of Zimbabwe.

The president of Zimbabwe shared a statement on social media informing the public that StarLink will be available in Zimbabwe soon but IMC Communications will be the exclusive provider.

IMC Communications to provide StarLink in Zimbabwe


Here is the full statement by the President on StarLink

One of the strategic pillars that anchor the 2nd Republic’s developmental agenda under Vision 2030 is innovation, science and technology. Prioritization of the digital economy and the emerging importance of technology in our day to day activities requires Government to lead from the front in providing an environment where investment in technology is promoted.

In this vein, I’m pleased to announce that i have approved the licensing of Starlink by POTRAZ to provide advanced internet and related digital processing services in Zimbabwe through its sole and exclusive local partner, IMC Communications (Pvt) Ltd. Starlink @Starlink is a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellite operator wholly owned by global conglomerate Space X led by promiment multi-billionaire @ElonMusk.

The entry by Starlink in the digital telecommunications space in Zimbabwe is expected to result in the deployment of high speed, low cost, LEO internet infrastructure throughout Zimbabwe and particularly in all the rural areas. This will be in fulfillment of my Administration’s undertaking to leave no one and no place behind. The investment confidence expressed by Starlink in Zimbabwe’s telecommunications infrastructure also dovetails with the 2nd Republic’s mantra, “Zimbabwe is open for business”. I encourage more investment by foreign conglomerates in Zimbabwe as we are an investment destination of choice.

I take this opportunity, on behalf of the Government of Zimbabwe, to congratulate IMC Communications (Pvt) Ltd and Starlink on this commendable milestone aimed at revolutionizing the digital and communications technology landscape in Zimbabwe. Investments of this magnitude and strategic importance represent the cornerstone for achieving the 2nd Republic’s objective of having a fully digitalized, upper-middle income economy by 2030.

This is going to be a relief for most Zimbabweans especially those in the rural areas where signal has been a problem. Competition will surely reduce the prices of data in Zimbabwe! The biggest question now is when are we getting StarLink in South Africa.