Starlink – Bridging the Digital Gap?
Starlink expects to go live in 2 African countries, Nigeria, and Mozambique, in the near future. The SpaceX-owned service, which provides internet connectivity using thousands of satellites in space, announced that it has received regulatory approvals from both countries. Nigeria gave Starlink 2 licenses that took effect on May 1 and will expire in 2027 and 2032. Starlink is asking consumers to order installation kits by making a $99 deposit. Already, sub-Saharan Africans spend the highest proportion of monthly income on smartphones, the chief means for accessing existing internet services. Critics have pointed out that the service is expensive for Africa and unlikely to have much impact.
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