According to the Nigerian Federal Government, Elon Musk’s spacecraft maker and satellite communications company, SpaceX, plans to introduce its Starlink satellite Internet service in Nigeria by the end of 2022.
Isa Pantami, the minister of communications and digital economy, made the declaration at the recent US-Space Forum in Washington, which was conducted in connection with the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit.
In order to deliver broadband access to Nigeria, the Nigerian government recently partnered with SpaceX. The rollout is expected to start seven months after the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) gave the business an Internet Service Provider (ISP) licence.
More on Starlink
Elon Musk’s Starlink is a satellite internet service offered by his space exploration firm SpaceX. Through a fleet of cutting-edge satellites in low Earth orbit, it provides worldwide high-speed, low-latency broadband Internet.
Earlier this year, the satellite internet service made its official debut in Africa. According to Musk, the service will be available anywhere it is legally available to do so on Earth.
Starlink was granted permission to conduct business in Nigeria and Mozambique in May of this year. Its arrival in Nigeria has been planned since 2021, when SpaceX personnel went to the Nigerian Communications Commission to talk about getting a licence to operate there.
Nigeria’s launch of Starlink is good news for a nation that has suffered from poor internet connections and a lacklustre internet infrastructure.
The operation has the potential to give millions of individuals across the country, including those in remote and underdeveloped areas, much-needed access.
Broadening across Africa
Subject to regulatory approval, SpaceX also intends to launch its satellite Internet service in Tanzania in the first quarter of 2021. The service will be accessible in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s capital, as well as four additional locations nationwide.
Using the company’s space infrastructure, consumers will be able to obtain quick Internet service through $99 installation kits that can be preordered on the Starlink website.
Recently the chairman and CEO of LVMH Mot Hennessy Louis Vuitton, French billionaire Bernard Arnault, ousted Musk from the title of the richest man in the world.
The Bloomberg Billionaires Index indicates that this shift in power happened after Musk’s Tesla stock, which accounts for the majority of his fortune, experienced a decline in value.
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