Elon Musk's Starlink Plans to Debut in Nigeria, to Compete with MTN, Airtel, Glo

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May 17th, 2021, 3:56 pm

The founder of Tesla, Elon Musk, is set to establish his company, Starlink, in Nigeria; a move that will pit it against network providers like MTN Nigeria, Globacom, Airtel and 9mobile.

Starlink is under SpaceX, an American aerospace manufacturer, which is also owned by Musk. The billionaire wants to bring satellite-led broadband into Nigeria, and his SpaceX team has met with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

The meeting involved Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, who was represented by Ubale Maska, the executive commissioner of NCC.

Lagos State building rice mill to produce it's own Lake Rice
Both parties met to discuss the plan Starlink has for the market in Africa's largest economy, and the company is pursuing the necessary licenses to set up its base in Nigeria.

In a statement released by NCC, it was stated that:

"SpaceX is in the process of launching a low-earth orbiting (LOE) constellation of satellites to provide low latency, high bandwidths Internet to all corners of the globe and has identified Nigeria as a critical market.
"SpaceX has been in discussion with NCC virtually over the past several months to begin the process of pursuing all necessary licenses to bring Starlink, its satellite-based broadband services to Nigeria."
Elon Musk's Starlink Plans to Debut in Nigeria, to Compete with MTN, Airtel, Glo
MTN Nigeria, SpaceX founder, Elon Musk, and Airtel. Photo: @mtnng/twitter (R), Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg/Getty Images (C) , Indranil Aditya/Nur/Getty Images (L)
Presently, the biggest internet service providers are GSM-led in the name of MTN Nigeria, Globacom, Airtel Nigeria and 9mobile. With the financial power that Starlink through SpaceX, analyses have shown a potential clash.

Starlink establishment in Nigeria is expected to crash data cost and improve service, both of which have constantly been complained of by telecoms subscribers.

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The best network service in Nigeria is costly within the country, so is the telcos with poor quality service - this has left subscribers with no choice but to settle.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Lagos State government want to create its own rice mill in order to produce Lake Rice after one year of disruption to the operation.

Lake Rice had started four years ago, but it stopped operation in March 2020 after the COVID-19 pandemic hit Nigeria. Kebbi is where the first rice mill is, and it was affected by flood as well.

Lagos State plans to stop being a receiver of processed rice and start processing its own Lake Rice which it started with the Kebbi State government.

Source: Legit

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