Elon Musk announced that Starlink has been approved in Nigeria and Mozambique

Elon Musk announced in a tweet on Friday that Starlink, the satellite internet service launched by SpaceX, his space exploration company, has been approved in Nigeria and Mozambique.

This news comes three days after Musk responded to a tweet about the service launching in Africa.

“Yes, the first countries in Africa will be announced soon,” he tweeted. “Starlink will serve anywhere on Earth that we are legally authorized to serve. »

Starlink operates in over 30 countries where it is legally approved, basically, where it required licenses to provide internet services.

Its launch in Africa, notably in Nigeria, has been in preparation since 2021. Last May, SpaceX sent representatives to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the country’s telecommunications regulatory authority, to discuss the possibility of obtain a license to operate Starlink in Nigeria.

According to local press reports, the NCC has approved this license, corroborating Musk’s tweet today. The publication also states that the license obtained by Starlink Internet Services Nigeria Ltd. (its trading name) belongs to the category of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) – other service providers such as telecommunications operators and private operators also fall into this category – and will last for a decade from May 2022.

Starlink brings much-needed competition to Nigerian telecom operators such as MTN and Airtel who have had to compete without improving their internet quality.

Starlink is ideal for areas where connectivity is unreliable or completely unavailable. People around the world use Starlink to access education, health services, and even communications assistance during natural disasters.

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