SpaceX’s Starlink highspeed low latency internet is now available in Africa.
Yesterday, Elon Musk, the owner of the venture tweeted, ‘Starlink approved by Nigeria & Mozambique’.
Starlink’s regulatory approvals mean the low Earth orbit network “is now licensed on all seven continents,” SpaceX’s Twitter account added.
According to reports, Starlink in Nigeria, was licensed as an internet service provider (ISP), which is a category terrestrial telcos also fall into, and the license will be up for renewal in 10 years.
Starlink has been working to secure regulatory approval in Nigeria for at least a year.
Mozambique’s telecoms regulator INCM said in a Feb. 22 news release that it intended to deliver a license for Starlink services Feb. 23.
“One of Starlink’s big bets is to provide ultra-fast broadband to the African Continent by the end of 2022, which will allow expansion to a greater number of people and places, with emphasis on rural areas and others not served until today,” INCM said in the news release.
Starlink’s coverage map currently shows plans to start providing services to Africa — and the majority of regions where the network is currently unavailable — in 2023.
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