Starlink, Elon Musk a license has been issued by the Nigerian government for a state-owned internet service provider to begin operations in Nigeria. Musk posted the information on Twitter.
After the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), which is currently in talks with Starlink, this approval comes after Starlink launches its satellite-based broadband internet service in Nigeria.
According to media reports Starlink received two licenses. They include the International Gateway License and Internet Service Provider license. Starlink Internet Services Nigeria Ltd will trade as Starlink Internet Services Nigeria Ltd.
NCC also states that the International Gateway license will be valid for a period of 10 years, while the ISP license will last for five. Both licenses will be effective May 2022, and can be renewed after expiration.
Starlink which currently operates in 36 countries has over 400,000 subscribers, will be competing with indigenous service providers including MTN, Glo, 9mobile and Airtel. Swift, Spectranet, and Smile are also available.
Starlink might need to take time to establish itself in Nigeria thanks to subscriptions. Maybe the service’s speed will be what eventually draws high net worth customers and companies.
SpaceX’s satellite internet constellation Starlink provides satellite Internet access coverage to 36 countries. It is licensed by SpaceX. It is aiming for global coverage. In 2019, the company began launching satellites. It currently consists of more than 2,400 small, mass-produced satellites in low earth orbit (LEO) that communicate with designated ground transceivers.