Telecommunication Sector – Elon Musk Space X Starlink Secured Licence From the NCC To Operate In Nigeria - Jobisco

Telecommunication Sector – Elon Musk Space X Starlink Secured Licence From the NCC To Operate In Nigeria

Elon Musk Space X’s Starlink Secured License From NCC To Operate In Nigeria

Elon Musk has announced last week via his Twitter handle, that Starlink had secured a license to commence operations in Nigeria from the NCC. Based to reports, the NCC granted Starlink two licences, an International Gateway license and an Internet Service Provider (ISP) license, making Starlink the newest technology into the telecommunications sector.

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Starlink to the Nigerian telecoms space will yield a positive results to the Nigeria telecom space. The service which places a couple of advantages concerning accessibility, as its service will be provided by satellite, which can be accessed all over the country, even in rural areas. Also, Starlink boasts of a low latency broadband internet system which reduces the connection lag. Starlink also poses an added speed and latency advantage, especially in terms of speed, a reported 10x speed over standard broadband.

Furthermore, Starlink will boost the Federal Government’s broadband plans, which aims for 75% penetration by 2025 and 90% of the population coverage.

The product may be better suited for urban users by beta pricing, considering the wealth gap and the rural-urban divide. Currently, Starlink is running a beta service with a price tag of $99 (approximately ₦40,000) per month.

There’s also a $499 (approximately ₦200,000) upfront cost to cover the Starlink kit, including all necessary hardware: a small satellite dish, a router, power supply, and mounting tripod. Concerns about its accessibility are significant, considering the minimum wage of N30,000 monthly (approximately $50). It will be interesting to see if the company adopts a different pricing strategy for the Nigeria Telecoms market.

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