According to Elon Musk, SpaceX’s Starlink satellite Internet network will launch operations in Nigeria next August.
As the largest telecommunications market in Africa, Nigeria’s market potential has attracted foreign investors over the years amid solid demand for high-speed connectivity and the acceleration of digital transformation.
According to Musk, a subscription to its satellite internet services requires acquiring a starter kit and monthly subscriptions whose values are yet to be disclosed.
The company’s website in Nigeria, however, indicated that the starter kit would cost US$99, which is significantly lower compared to the US$599 Space X sells starter kits in the U.S., with a monthly subscription costing US$110.
In the framework of its African expansion plan, Starlink started prospecting Nigeria’s telecom market in May 2021, amid growing demand for high-speed connectivity in the country, targeting South Africa and Zimbabwe, among other markets.
A year later, Starlink inked an agreement with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), which awarded it two licenses.
It is worth noting that Starlink received an international gateway license and an Internet Service Provider (ISP) license for ten years and five years, respectively. These licenses will allow it to provide high-speed Internet connectivity through its 2,000-satellite constellation orbiting the Earth.
With the launch of its operations in Nigeria, Starlink will allow broadband access to every Nigerian, even those living in the most remote and landlocked areas. The company is also expected to contribute to the government’s goal of covering 90% of Nigeria with broadband by 2025 as part of the country’s digital transformation plan.