On Friday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter that Starlink, the satellite internet service launched by SpaceX, his space exploration company, has been approved in Nigeria and Mozambique.
According to nairametry, The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) also confirmed this announcement. This licensing follows a visit to Nigeria by the company’s team in May last year to discuss the possibility of obtaining a license. Starlink, which currently operates in 36 countries, has more than 400,000 subscribers worldwide.
“The company received two licences, which include the International Gateway license and the Internet Service Provider (ISP) license, and will trade as Starlink Internet Services Nigeria Ltd. According to NCC, the International Gateway license is for 10 years. , while the ISP license lasts for five years. Both licenses are effective from May 2022 and can be renewed after their expiration”, according to nairametry.
Starlink is a low latency broadband Internet system created to meet the needs of consumers in rural areas with low Internet penetration around the world. In simpler terms, it offers super fast internet via satellites in rural areas. In theory, it is capable of offering Internet speeds of 150 Mbps to anywhere on the planet. All the client needs is a clear view of the sky.
Starlink enters a Nigerian Internet Service Provider space that is dominated by telcos like MTN and Airtel, as well as individual ISPs like Spectranet, SMILE and others.
Compared to existing similar internet plans in Nigeria that cost an average of $50, Starlink is a more expensive option costing $599 (~₦330,000) for a full kit, including a terminal, tripod mount and a Wi-Fi router, then $110 (~₦60,500) for pre-orders and monthly subscription. Their premium service costs around $2,500 (~₦1.375 million) for the full kit and $500 (~₦275,000) per month.
This price range is considered expensive for the average Nigerian, except it presents a different offering for the Nigerian market.