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Zambia has become the latest to join a growing queue of countries with access to Starlink, SpaceX’s satellite-based internet service. Starlink got its operating licence for Zambia in June. Paratus Zambia, a telecom operator, will handle its distribution in the country.
Per Starlink’s website, it costs 10,744 Zambian kwacha ($505) for Starlink’s hardware, and 507 Zambian kwacha ($24) for the monthly subscription. Zambians will enjoy download speeds of up to 120mb/s on the internet service.
Since its launch on the continent in January, Starlink has expanded to 6 African countries—Mozambique, Rwanda, Mauritius, Sierra Leone and Nigeria—with Zambia being the latest addition. However, Africa’s largest internet-consuming nation, South Africa is yet to join this list.
ICYMI: Starlink’s launch in South Africa has been stalled due to the internet provider’s refusal to give up a 30% stake of its equity to the country. In a bid to a get the licence required to run in the country, Starlink requires a IECS and IECNS licence which requires that it gives up 30% of its equity to a “historically disadvantaged group”.
Zoom out: Starlink’s launch in Zambia scores a win for the service adoption on the continent as it has faced several regulatory hurdles. The service is set to launch in 19 more African countries in 2023, and another 16 in the coming year.