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Elon Musk’s Starlink To Charge $600 For Hardware Setup In Nigeria 

Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet is set to charge Nigerians a whopping $600, about N440,000 at the prevailing parallel exchange rate of N740 – N745 to $1, to acquire the hardware.

In addition, the subscription to Starlink’s service in Nigeria will cost $43 (~N32,000) per month. The company has disclosed that Nigerians can pre-order the $600 setup hardware as it prepares to launch this year.

Expectations were rife late last year following a statement by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, disclosing that SpaceX would begin the roll-out of Starlink before the end of 2022. However, the expected roll-out did not manifest.

At the time, he said: “As part of the partnership, Space X is to provide broadband access across the whole of Nigeria, enabling nationwide access to broadband connectivity way ahead of the December 2025 schedule, as outlined in our National Broadband Plan”.

However, the company has cited “pending regulatory approval” for the delays.

Although, Prof Isa Pantami explained last year that some administrative problems were delaying the planned launch of Starlink. The Minister revealed via his Twitter account two days before the end of 2022 that Starlink had begun installing infrastructure in Nigeria. He stated:

“They have now commenced the deployment of their facilities in Nigeria. Nigeria is the first African country to reach that partnership & also approval for the deployment.”

The Nigerian Government through the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had in May 2022 granted Starlink two licenses — the International Gateway license and the Internet service provider (ISP) license, which took effect immediately.

While the former has a 10-year tenure, the ISP license lasts five years. Also, the service is registered as an entity, Starlink Internet Services Nigeria Ltd., based in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital.

Elon Musk, the CEO of Space X, would later confirm the news in a tweet on May 27. He wrote that Starlink, which offers satellite internet connectivity in 32 countries it has been licensed, has been given the go-ahead in Nigeria and Mozambique.

“Starlink would “service everywhere on Earth that we are legally able to serve,” according to Musk”

“As part of the partnership, Space X is to provide broadband access across the whole of Nigeria, enabling nationwide access to broadband connectivity way ahead of the December 2025 schedule, as outlined in our National Broadband Plan. With this collaboration with SpaceX’s Starlink, Nigeria is set to be the 1st African country to introduce the service,” he said.

Earlier in December, the Minister also disclosed that the Nigerian government had approved Starlink’s application as a High Throughput Satellite (HTS) Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) Operator in the Nigerian Telecommunications Sector.

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