US-based Space exploration company, SpaceX which was founded by Elon Musk has announced that discussions are ongoing with authorities to establish internet service in Nigeria.
Officials of the company have so far made contact with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in a bid to secure the required operational licences to launch its satellite Internet service, Starlink in the West African country.
The decision to establish in Africa’s giant economy was disclosed by SpaceX’s Starlink Market Access Director for Africa Ryan Goodnight during an official meeting with Umar Danbatta, the NCC’s Executive Vice-Chairman and other officials.
Currently, there are other existing internet service providers in Nigeria; with due reference to this, the NCC told SpaceX officials that the institution will review their offer in line with fair competition.
“We have listened to your presentation and we will review it vis-à-vis our regulatory direction of ensuring effective and a sustainable telecoms ecosystem where a licensee’s operational model does not dampen healthy competition among other licensees,” NCC said.
It is very important to know that SpaceX has been in talks with authorities in Nigeria for the past seven months; the recent visit by Starlink’s Market Access Director for Africa, Ryan Goodnight and other officials was a follow-up on the earlier discussions. Moreover, the company stated that, after Nigeria, the service will be extended to the rest of Africa.
With low latency and high bandwidth satellites, Starlink is one of the leading internet service providers out there. In the year 2021 alone, SpaceX has launched 610 satellites into orbit making the current number of Starlink satellites stand at 1,500. The company (SpaceX) is now looking to increase the number of its satellites to 2,814 to further extend its services.