Elon Musk, the chief operator of Starlink, the satellite internet service launched by his SpaceX, has tweeted that Starlink has been approved in Nigeria and Mozambique.
“Its launch in Africa, particularly in Nigeria, has been in the works since 2021. Last May, SpaceX sent some representatives to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the country’s telecommunications regulator, to discuss the possibility of obtaining a license to operate Starlink in Nigeria.”
“According to reports from local press, Nairametrics, the NCC has approved this license, corroborating Musk’s tweet today. The publication also said the license Starlink Internet Services Nigeria Ltd. (its trading name) obtained is under the Internet Service Provider (ISP) category — other service providers such as telcos and private operators fall within this category, too — and will last for a decade starting from May 2022.”
The great thing about the coming of Starlink to Nigeria is that the telecom operators including MTN and Airtel will now have another competitor in the market that sorely needs competition.
The only downside, if any is the price of Starlink which is expensive probably for average Nigerian. “At $110 (~₦60,500) for preorder — also its monthly price — and $599 (~₦330,000) for a full kit, including a terminal, mounting tripod, and Wi-Fi router, Starlink’s price is pricey for the average Nigerian — and Mozambique user. Its premium service costs about $2,500 (~₦1.375 million) for the full kit and $500 (~₦275,000) monthly.”
Elon Musk the founder of Space X is the richest man in the world. He was born and raised in South Africa before he proceeded to North America at the age of seventeen.