Elon Musk’s satellite service Starlink now active in Nigeria

Elon Musk’s satellite service Starlink now active in Nigeria

The operational service of Elon Musk’s satellite internet service, Starlink, has been announced to be officially active for customers in the country.

This came a few weeks after the company (Starlink) announced its pre-order sales.

The satellite service company (Starlink) had reportedly disclosed that interested customers could preorder the device hardware at $600 while stating that the device subscription service would cost $43 every month.

In a Twitter post on Tuesday, the parent company of Starlink (SpaceX) confirmed that its service is now active for use in the country.

“Starlink is now available in Nigeria – the first African country to receive service,” the tweet said.

The company also disclosed to customers via its website that users will have a 30 days trial with its device.

Reacting to the development, the minister of communication and digital economy, Isa Pantami, described the official deployment as a great achievement.

“We have made it again. @SpaceX thank you for hosting me in your headquarters, United States in December 2022 to complete the logistics for the deployment,” he tweeted.

In 2022, talks to secure licences to launch the Starlink service kicked off between the company and the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC). 

The company, a satellite internet constellation operated by SpaceX, launched in 2019, provides satellite internet access coverage to about 46 countries, also targeting the global mobile phone service after 2023.


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