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Elon Musk launches Starlink in Nigeria

World’s second richest man, Elon Musk has launched starlink in Nigeria at a reduced rate.

THE NATION, the satellite company, SpaceX, is now available for customers in Nigeria.Information Guide Nigeria

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Nigeria has become the first country to enjoy the facility in Africa.

Elon Musk has also slashed the costs of its hardware and subscription plan to N274,098 and N19,260 monthly.

In a post on its Twitter page yesterday, Starlink said, “Starlink is now available in Nigeria – the first African country to receive service.

The company has also announced that people can preorder the starter kits at the price of $600 for the hardware and $43 per month amounting to about N438,000 and N31,000 at the parallel market rate for subscriptions to its services.

The company said, “Starlink is available in your area. Customers in your region typically see download speeds of 50-200 Mbps. No contracts, 30-day trial.

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“Shipping times are currently estimated to be one to two weeks from order… N19,260/month for service and N274,098 for hardware.”NYSC portal

Speaking, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Pantami said,

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“We have made it again. @SpaceX thank you for hosting me in your headquarters, United States in December 2022 to complete the logistics for the deployment,” he tweeted.

Last year, some Nigerians who pre-ordered the hardware paid the initial amount in dollars.

However, the company’s prices are now quoted in naira, as a result, Nigerians can make payments using their naira debit cards.JAMB portal

The Minister had revealed that Nigeria has achieved 100per cent broadband coverage with the operation of Starlink, whose satellite service covers the length and breadth of the country.

He added that through the National Broadband Plan (NBP 2020-2025) Nigeria was targeting 90per cent broadband coverage by the year 2025 and this has been achieved ahead of time through the licensing of Starlink as Nigerians can now have access to high-speed internet from any part of the country.JAMB Result

THE NATION reports the introduction of this in Nigeria, the competition in the internet service provisioning space in Nigeria is expected to get stiffer as Starlink is now challenging the likes of MTN, Airtel, Globacom, 9mobile, and hundreds of Internet Service Providers in Nigeria providing services via different technology, including fibre and satellite.

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Idongesit Akpa-Ayang

Idongesit is a graduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo. Currently working as a news reporter at InfoGuide Nigeria.

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