The Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has defended the decision to award a licence to Starlink, against concerns raised by local media about potential interference with telecoms services.
MCMC stated that its decision was based on the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) framework for spectrum allocation and interference management. It emphasized that Starlink’s operation in the country is “in line with the international framework” provided by the ITU Radio Regulations.
According to MCMC, the ITU Radio Regulations offer a global framework for coordinating and regulating satellite services. These regulations include protection criteria and obligations to prevent harmful interference to existing services. They also provide procedures for resolving interference disputes.
The MCMC further highlighted that there have been no complaints of interference caused by Starlink’s services so far.
In July, Malaysia issued a licence to Starlink, allowing the company to deliver internet services to schools and universities in remote areas. Before granting the licence, the MCMC communicated with key stakeholders to address their concerns and considerations.
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