Sri Lanka grants preliminary approval to Starlink

The approval process was fast-tracked following a meeting between Musk and President Wickremesinghe.

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Sri Lanka has granted preliminary approval to Elon Musk’s Starlink to offer internet services in the country, as announced by the president’s office recently. The decision was expedited following a meeting between Musk and President Ranil Wickremesinghe in Indonesia during the 10th World Water Forum.

According to the president’s office, the telecommunications regulator approved the proposal after a public consultation. Discussions between Musk and Wickremesinghe focused on enhancing internet connectivity in rural areas of Sri Lanka and exploring potential renewable energy collaborations.