SpaceX has launched Starlink, a satellite internet service, in Nigeria, several months after it signed an agreement with the Nigerian government to bring the service to the country.In a tweet posted on January 30, 2023, the company said Nigeria is the first country in Africa to receive the service. The tweeted said, “Starlink is now available in Nigeria – the first African country to receive service.”
Nigeria is the 47th country in the world to get Starlink Internet services. Starlink seeks to deliver a global broadband network, using a constellation of Low Earth Orbit to provide high-speed internet coverage with the capacity to penetrate rural and geographically isolated areas.
The service, which is capable of delivering up to 200Mbps internet speeds to any location in the world, currently has more than 400,000 subscribers worldwide and has been licensed to operate in all seven continents of the world.
Recently, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, stated that the country had achieved 100 per cent broadband coverage following the licensing and operation of Starlink.
He said, “Based on the National Broadband Plan, we were to have 90 per cent broadband coverage by December 2025. However, we recently gave a license to Starlink to provide services, and this has given us 100% coverage, about 3 years ahead of schedule.”
Starlink is a satellite internet constellation operated by SpaceX, providing satellite Internet access coverage to 48 countries. It was founded by Elon Musk.