You’ve probably seen the Tiktok videos of people accessing very fast internet in the wilderness by using Elon Musk’s Starlink. After making its debut on the continent in Nigeria, it now appears that the billionaire is planning to launch Starlink in Kenya early next year.
What is Starlink?
Starlink is a satellite internet constellation operated by SpaceX which provides satellite Internet access coverage to about 32 countries right now with an aim to cover the whole world.
SpaceX started sending Starlink satellites to space in 2019 and as of May 2022, Starlink consisted of over 2,400 mass-produced small satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO), which communicate with designated ground transceivers.
As reported by Techspace Africa, analysts have poised the entry of Elon Musk’s Starlink into the African Internet Service Providers (ISPs) space as the door to open up the rural economy widely, covering wide unserved areas.
In Nigeria, Starlink was asking consumers to order installation kits by making a $99 deposit. However, a full kit that will include a terminal, mounting tripod, and Wi-Fi router cost $599 and then $110 for preorder and monthly subscription. Its premium service costs about $2,500 for the full kit and $500 monthly. I wouldn’t expect Kenya to be any different
Some other Countries in Africa set to receive Starlink in 2023 include;
- Ivory Coast – 2023
- Mauritania – 2023
- Egypt – 2023
- Ghana – 2023
- Burkina Faso – 2023
- Senegal – 2023
- Benin – 2023
- Democratic Republic of Congo – 2023
- Gabon – Q1 2023
- Angola – Q1 2023
- Zambia – 2023
- Tanzania – Q1 2023
- Botswana – 2023