Elon Musk stated in tweet on Friday that Starlink, a satellite internet service launched by SpaceX, its space exploration company, was approved in Nigeria and Mozambique.
The news comes three days after Musk responded to tweet about the launch of the service in Africa.
“Yes, the first countries of Africa will be announced soon,” he tweeted. “Starlink will serve everywhere on Earth where we are legally allowed to serve.”
Starlink operates in more than 30 countries where it is officially approved, in fact, where it requires licenses to provide Internet services.
Its launch in Africa, in particular in Nigeria, has been underway since 2021. Last May, SpaceX sent representatives to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the country’s main telecommunications operator, to discuss the possibility of obtaining a license to operate Starlink. in Nigeria.
According to local Nairametrics press reports, the NCC has approved this license, which confirms Musk’s tweet today. The publication states that the license obtained by Starlink Internet Services Nigeria Ltd. (trade name) is categorized as an Internet Service Provider (ISP) – other service providers such as telecommunications companies and private operators also fall into this category – and will be in effect for ten years starting May 2022.
Starlink creates much-needed competition for Nigerian carriers who have to compete with each other without necessarily improving the quality of their internet.
However, there is one argument against Starlink: it is expensive. With a pre-order of $99 (~$60,000) and $499 (~$300,000) for a complete kit that includes a terminal, tripod mount, and Wi-Fi router, Starlink’s price is high for average user from Nigeria and Mozambique.
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