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Starlink, a satellite broadband network owns by Elon Musk berth in Nigeria

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  • Gigabit Libraries Network donates starlink to 5 Nigeria library
  • AfLIA to initiate a set of 5 pilot projects in Abuja and Lagos

By Samuel Bankole

SpaceX’s Starlink, a satellite network is now available in Nigeria, the first African country to enjoy the service from the company majorly owned by billionaire Elon Musk.

In a tweet on Monday, the company confirmed the that his company’s satellite network, designed to provide low-cost internet to remote locations has berth in Nigeria, stating that Nigeria was the first African country to enjoy its services.

“Starlink is now available in Peru and Nigeria – the first African country to receive service!,” the tweet from the company stated.

The company said that anyone willing to enjoy its service must be willing to pay N19,260 monthly month for the service and N274,098 to procure the hardware.

“Starlink is currently available in your area. Customers in your region typically see download speeds of 50-200 Mbps. No contracts, 30-day trial. Shipping times are currently estimated to be 1-2 weeks from order. N19,260/month for service and N274,098 for hardware.”

Nigeria is the 47th country in the world to get Starlink Internet services.

Starlink seeks to deliver a global broadband network, using a constellation of Low Earth Orbit to provide high-speed internet coverage with the capacity to penetrate rural and geographically isolated areas.

However, a Twitter user said; “Is good to hear that it is possible there (Nigeria), but after a month from the date of my order I still have not received my Starlink (Canary Islands-Spain). Just waiting is the message, no email address or phone number where you can ask for info.”

Another Tweep wrote; “This will be great for the new Nigerian Bitcoiners escaping their countries ban on cash, forcing an invasive CBDC.”

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Meanwhile, the Gigabit Libraries Network (GLN) has announced an agreement with the Nigeria National Library to outfit five public libraries as users of SpaceX/ Starlink’s LEO satellite broadband system.

These are the first libraries to have such a connection on the continent.

Starlink hardware with 24 months of service has been donated by the company in support of community access at public libraries.

Working in partnership with the African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA) to initiate a set of 5 pilot projects in Abuja and Lagos, the library sites will be part of a wider study on capabilities and potential benefits of this innovative and potentially revolutionary communications capability that can reach almost anywhere on the planet.

“In many African communities, the library is the only place to access free and/or cheap Internet. Getting libraries connected to fast, stable and affordable Internet, can be the only link between young people and opportunities; between learning new skills and making the mark for better employment prospects and between access to information that can debunk rumours and falsehoods.” the Human Capacity Development & Training Director, African Library and Information Association (AfLIA), Nkem E. Osuigwe said.

Starlink now delivers broadband service in forty-five countries and more nations granting operating permits with Nigeria becoming the first in Africa to see service launched.

Implementation of LEO technology appears to be yielding faster connection speeds with lower latency than traditional geostationary satellite based services, though with outstanding questions of capacity over time as more users participate.

“The speed is just amazing in our area! I am excited for my community and especially for the students that need this access for school work!,” says Richelle Montoya, Director, Torreón, NM Library, the world’s first LEO-connected library.

“There are many things to learn about how these new systems can serve towards closing the persistent global digital divide as well as integrate into the wider telecom ecosystem. Being essentially impervious to power and/or internet outages, these space based connectivity systems increase community resilience against extreme weather disaster events,” says Don Means, GLN Director.

Traditional communications infrastructures rely on terrestrial networks of wires and towers extending out from the internet backbone. As that distance increases so do the costs of provision making end user services typically less affordable and therefore less likely to even be built.

“I think connecting libraries as community access hubs for resilience is a good idea, and highly relevant. These communities may not be contributing huge amounts of carbon, but they are the places where it’s growing fastest–and more to the point they’re where people are most suffering the effects.” -Bill McKibben, Climate Activist, Co-founder 350.org

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