Elon Musk just announced via Twitter that Starlink, his SpaceX satellite internet service, has been approved by the Nigerian government. People, this is that new moment and we can be looking at unlocking many opportunities in rural Nigeria. What the CDMA did to landline phones, the GSM did to CDMA. Can satellite broadband challenge the positioning of terrestrial (GSM-based) leaders like MTN, Glo and Airtel in Nigeria? And as these changes evolve, what are the business opportunities?
GSM created many opportunities. SpaceX’s Starlink Internet Services Nigeria Ltd was approved under Internet Service Provider (ISP) category, the same category telcos and private operators fall within. So, we can extrapolate that Starlink will have a local playbook in Nigeria.
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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) confirmed to Nairametrics that it has licensed Starlink, a satellite internet constellation operated by SpaceX, providing satellite Internet access coverage to 32 countries. This licensing followed a visit to Nigeria by the company’s team in May last year.
“The company received two licenses, which include the International Gateway license and Internet Service Provider (ISP) license, and will be trading as Starlink Internet Services Nigeria Ltd. According to NCC, the International Gateway license has a 10-year tenure while the ISP license is to last for five years. Both licenses take effect from May 2022 and may be renewed after the expiration.” NCC
Elated Elon Musk took to his Twitter handle to announce this development, which Nairametrics also confirmed from the NCC.
With high speeds and latency as low as 20 minutes in most locations, Starlink enables video calls, online gaming, streaming, and other high data rate activities that historically have not been possible with satellite internet.
Users also have the option to take Starlink with them via the Portability feature or Starlink
Starlink approved by Nigeria ?? & Mozambique ??https://t.co/Q1VvqVmJ2i
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 27, 2022
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