Starlink, Elon Musk’s satellite internet company, will reportedly debut in Kenya during the second quarter of 2018. As part of its commitment to bringing internet connectivity to unserved and underserved communities throughout the world, Starlink has expanded into the African market. Kenyans may presently pre-order the service for a payment of Sh12,260 ($99), which will be refunded in full if the application is successful. Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa, and Nakuru are just some of the cities in Kenya that the firm hopes to begin serving in the fiscal quarter ending in June, as stated on its website.
There are already established competitors in Kenya that will provide serious challenges to the company’s expansion into the market. Safaricom, the dominant ISP in Kenya, has invested billions of shillings over the past five years in expanding its fixed-data network to link households in response to the rising popularity of online streaming services like Netflix. Fiber optic cables, wireless fidelity, and cellular networks are the primary means by which today’s ISPs make their services available to their customers.
Starlink, though, is an outgrowth of Mr. Musk’s space technology business SpaceX and provides internet via satellite. As the global positioning system (GPS) delivers location data to cell phones all over the world, so does this corporation employ satellites to provide broadband internet everywhere on Earth. In contrast to GPS, it needs thousands of satellites to provide seamless service.
“Starlink’s high-speed, low-latency service is made possible via the world’s largest constellation of highly advanced satellites operating in a low orbit around the Earth,” the company says on its website. The company will focus on convincing businesses to purchase fiber optic internet. Starlink said at year’s end that its fixed internet plan clients in the United States should expect speeds of 20 to 100 megabits per second (Mbps), with those numbers doubling to 40 to 220 Mbps for corporate customers.
Starlink launched 45 satellite missions in 2022 and is scheduled to launch over 100 missions in 2023.
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Due to digitalization and pricey data rates, the moment is right to expand into Kenya, where demand for high-speed internet to support streaming, video calls, and online gaming is on the rise. It is hoped that the introduction of Starlink in Kenya would provide residents with a cost-effective and dependable internet option, thus closing the country’s digital divide.
Since receiving permission to transmit satellite internet on recreational vehicles, boats, yachts, and cruise ships, Elon Musk‘s SpaceX has been steadily expanding Starlink’s service area to include new nations and areas and racking up new commercial clients. This is a huge step in the direction of the company’s ultimate aim of making the internet accessible to everyone on Earth.
In the second quarter of 2018, Starlink, Elon Musk’s satellite internet firm, would allegedly launch in Kenya. Starlink has entered the African market as part of its mission to deliver internet access to unserved and underserved regions throughout the world.
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