SpaceX, the American spacecraft manufacturer and satellite communications corporation, has announced the launch of its Starlink services in Nigeria, becoming the first African country to receive the satellite internet constellation.
Starlink, a satellite internet constellation operated by SpaceX, was launched in 2019 and provides coverage to 46 countries.
According to a tweet posted on the official SpaceX page, “Starlink is now available in Nigeria – the first African country to receive service!” the company announced in a tweet on Monday.
Despite the availability of Starlink’s internet services throughout Nigeria, its high cost may prevent many citizens from accessing it, according to analysts.
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However, Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, recently reported that the country has achieved 100% broadband coverage with the licensing and operation of Starlink, three years ahead of schedule.
“Based on the National Broadband Plan, we were to have 90% broadband coverage by December 2025. However, we recently gave a licence to Starlink to provide services and this has given us 100% coverage, about 3 years ahead of schedule,” the Pantami said.
SpaceX, founded by billionaire Elon Musk, is headquartered in California and aims to reduce space transportation costs and enable the colonization of Mars.