Elon Musk’s Starlink launches in Kenya
Starlink launches in Kenya.
Elon Musk’s internet company Starlink, is now available in Kenya for the first time.
Starlink said its target areas include Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa, Nakuru and other towns, which brings competition to other companies such as Safaricom and Zuku.
Elon made the announcement in his Twitter on Tuesday just moments after Starlink did.
“Starlink for sale in Kenya! Note, buying a Starlink with global roaming allows you to travel almost anywhere.” he wrote
Starlink offers a satellite internet service that uses a constellation of low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites.
Unlike traditional satellite internet, Starlink provides high-speed, low latency connectivity, supporting services not possible with traditional satellite technology.
The internet service provider says it is capable of delivering speeds of over 150Mbps to any place on the planet, as long as its satellite dish has a clear view of the sky.
To get the Starlink hardware, a user will pay Sh89,000, and another Sh3,100 for shipping and handling and a fee of Sh 6,500 per month for the service.
The Starlink kit comes equipped with a Starlink dish, mounting tripod, WiFi router, power supply and cables.
Starlink is already available in a number of African countries such as Nigeria, Rwanda, and Mozambique.
Last month, Sierra Leone issued Starlink an operational license, making it the 5th country on the continent to welcome the satellite internet provider.