The Federal Government claims that Elon Musk’s satellite company, Space X, would launch Starlink Internet Service before 2023 to provide broadband service and better internet throughout Nigeria.
The Federal Government and Space X have already partnered on the project.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) granted Starlink an Internet Service Provider (ISP) license approximately seven months ago, according per Persecondnews.
Initially scheduled to launch its nationwide satellite internet service in Q3 2022, Space X postponed it to Q4 due to regulatory concerns.
Dr. Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, made this announcement at the US-Space Forum, which was hosted in Washington alongside the just finished US-Africa Leaders’ Summit and was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari.
After a few administrative processes are finished, the nationwide rollout will happen by the end of 2022, he said.
According to Pantami, the company’s proposal to operate a High Throughput Satellite (HTS) Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) in the Nigerian Telecommunications Sector has been granted by the federal government.
“As part of the agreement, Space X will offer internet service throughout the entirety of Nigeria, enabling nationwide access to broadband connectivity years before the National Broadband Plan’s December 2025 target date.
“With this collaboration with SpaceX’s Starlink, Nigeria is set to be the 1st African country to introduce the service,” the minister said.