Starlink reduces the cost of the starter kit to $99 for Nigerians
Less than a sixth of what US users ($599) must spend, Nigerian users of SpaceX’s Starlink service will only need to pay US$99 for their starter package.
Although the African Ecofin news agency reports that Starlink will begin offering services to Nigeria in August, no monthly subscription costs have yet been mentioned.
The company’s low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites supply Starlink, which has a monthly subscription of $110 in the US.
In contrast to other African nations like Nigeria’s neighboring Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Ghana, Mali, and Niger, which all suggest 2023 without specifying a quarter as the start date, Starlink’s service map places Nigeria’s start of service in Q3 of 2022.
The early start in Nigeria is the result of a deal with the regulator that was made public in late May.
The news source claims that Starlink began exploring the Nigerian telecoms market in May 2021 as part of its goal to expand across Africa in response to the country’s rising demand for high-speed internet.
Along with other markets, South Africa and Zimbabwe were targeted. Both countries had 2023 listed as their start of service dates.
Starlink has received licenses from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), including a 10-year international gateway license and a five-year internet service provider license (ISP).
In May of this year, Starlink’s satellite fleet surpassed 2,500. In its current generation, the business wants to launch 4,400 satellites, orbiting at altitudes between 335km and 550km, but eventually plans to launch up to 42,000.
As part of its digital transformation plan, the Nigerian government hopes that Starlink will help it achieve its objective of providing internet service to 90% of the nation by 2025.
According to an Ookla analysis from the previous year, US users were experiencing median download speeds of 97.23Mbps and upload speeds of 13.89Mbps.