Starlink is a satellite-based broadband internet service provider operated by SpaceX, a private aerospace company founded by Elon Musk. Starlink provides satellite Internet access coverage to 47 countries, including Nigeria. It also aims for global mobile phone service after 2023. SpaceX started launching Starlink satellites in 2019.
On the 30th of January 2023, the company’s Twitter account tweeted, “Starlink is now available in Nigeria – the first African country to receive service.”
Starlink has the potential to be a crucial alternative internet option for Nigerians, offering several advantages compared to local networks like MTN, GLO, Etisalat, and Airtel:
Broader Coverage: Starlink aims to provide coverage to remote and rural areas where traditional broadband services may not reach.
Higher Speed: With the use of low-Earth orbit satellites, Starlink has the potential to offer higher internet speeds compared to traditional terrestrial-based networks.
Lower Latency: Latency, or the delay in transmitting data, is often lower with satellite-based systems like Starlink than with traditional broadband services.
Reliable Connection: Starlink can provide a more stable and reliable connection, as it is not dependent on terrestrial infrastructure that may be prone to failure or disruption.
It’s important to note that the availability and performance of Starlink in Nigeria may depend on various factors. Its actual impact on the market and local networks will depend on its adoption and usage by consumers.
What is the cost of starlink in Nigeria?
According to the Starlink website, the service cost is NGN19,260/month, while the hardware is NGN268,584.
How to order for Starlink
Visit the company’s website to pre-order, which includes the Starlink satellite, WiFi router, cables, and base. Shipping times are estimated to be 1-2 weeks from the order date.
Starlink, through its website, promises to make a total return for customers that are not satisfied after using the hardware for 30 days.