- Starlink, SpaceX’s satellite web service, is now live in Nigeria.
- Nigeria is the primary African country to receive the service.
- SpaceX’s CEO, Elon Musk, announced Starlink’s plans to expand into Africa last 12 months.
Starlink, SpaceX’s satellite web service, has gone live in Nigeria, making it the primary African country to receive service.
The corporate announced the event on its Twitter page on Monday.
Isa Ali Pantami, Nigeria’s minister of communications and digital economy, celebrated the milestone in a social-media post.
SpaceX’s CEO, Elon Musk, announced Starlink’s plans to expand into Africa last 12 months. In May, he said Starlink had been approved to supply broadband web in Nigeria and Mozambique.
Starlink operates in dozens of nations and has greater than a million users. Nevertheless, Musk said the service is losing money.
Musk said in October that Starlink was affected by an absence of funds, in response to a Twitter user who referenced CNN’s report about SpaceX asking the Pentagon to pay for the service in Ukraine. He later said SpaceX had withdrawn the request for funding over Starlink in Ukraine.
SpaceX has provided the country with 1000’s of Starlink dishes since Russia invaded in February. The billionaire said in October that only 10,630 out of 25,300 Starlink terminals in Ukraine were paying for service.
SpaceX didn’t immediately reply to Insider’s request for further comment made outside normal working hours.