Starlink, a satellite internet service owned by Elon Musk, is now available for customers in Nigeria.
The development is coming weeks after preorder sales were announced.
The company had said customers interested could preorder the starter kits at the price of $600 for the hardware and $43 per month for subscriptions to its services.
In a post on its Twitter page on Tuesday, Starlink said its service is now active in the country.
“Starlink is now available in Nigeria – the first African country to receive service,” the tweet reads.
Starlink is now available in Nigeria – the first African country to receive service! → https://t.co/slZbTmZmAt
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 30, 2023
Meanwhile, on its website, the company said customers can get its services at a lower rate with a 30-day free trial.
The notification said while the hardware would be available for N274,098, the subscription would be at a price of N19,260.
“Starlink is currently available in your area. Customers in your region typically see download speeds of 50-200 Mbps. No contracts, 30-day trial,” the company said.
“Shipping times are currently estimated to be 1 to 2 weeks from order… N19,260/month for service and N274,098 for hardware.”
Starlink is available in all remote areas of Nigeria and with an internet speed of 50-200 Mbps.
There will be delivery to your doorsteps.
The company is giving a discount for lower prices for the first 30 days of using their services.
Although the prices are extremely costly for the monthly subscription, the internet speed the company promises is quite worth the pay.
Confirming the development, Isa Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy, described it as a milestone.
“We have made it again. @SpaceX thank you for hosting me in your headquarters, United States in December 2022 to complete the logistics for the deployment,” he tweeted.
— Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim (@ProfIsaPantami) January 31, 2023
In 2021, It was reported that the company, which saw Nigeria as a critical market, was in talks with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to secure the licences needed to launch.
One year later, Elon Musk announced that Starlink had been approved for deployment in Nigeria.