South Africa-born entrepreneur Elon Musk announced in a tweet on 27 May that Starlink, the satellite internet service launched by his space exploration company SpaceX, had been approved to operate in Nigeria and Mozambique, its first African approvals.
Starlink provides high-speed, low-latency broadband internet across the globe, which enables video calls, online gaming, streaming, and other high data rate activities that historically have not been possible with satellite Internet. Orders are fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis within each coverage area.
Starlink was granted two licences by the Nigerian Communications Commission – a 10-year International Gateway licence and a five-year Internet service provider (ISP) licence – and will trade as Starlink Internet Services Nigeria Ltd. In Mozambique, it was licensed by the National Institute of Communications (INCM).
With high speeds and latency as low as 20 minutes in most locations, Starlink enables video calls, online gaming, streaming, and other high data rate activities that historically have not been possible with satellite Internet. Users also have the option to take Starlink with them via the Portability feature or Starlink.