Starlink, developed by SpaceX, aims to provide high-speed internet access to rural communities and underserved regions globally, including Africa. With a network of over 5,000 low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites, Starlink aims to revolutionize connectivity on the African continent by offering reliable and fast internet access. This move could bridge the digital divide and benefit remote regions that were previously excluded.
Starlink is actively expanding in Africa and aims to make its internet service available in every country on the continent. Subscribing to the service is simple – an individual needs to install a Starlink dish in a location with a clear view of the sky. As of October 2023, Starlink is officially available in seven African countries, including Nigeria, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Malawi, Zambia, and Benin. Another 25 African countries are scheduled to receive Starlink by the end of 2024.
In regions where Starlink’s service is not yet officially available, users can access it through global or regional roaming by importing the necessary kit. The satellite network provider offers a flexible pricing structure tailored to different budgets and needs. Customers typically need to invest in equipment like the Starlink Kit, which includes a satellite dish and modem. Prices may vary depending on the country and specific package options. Starlink also provides instalment plans to spread out the equipment costs over several months.
Recently, Starlink announced a price reduction for its hardware in Nigeria, benefiting users in the country. While challenges remain in expanding the service due to regulatory requirements and ownership restrictions, Starlink’s expansion in Africa holds hope for more countries benefitting from satellite internet connectivity.