Elon Musk’s Starlink to Launch Internet Services In Kenya Amid Network Downtime from Major Suppliers

Elon Musk’s Starlink has announced plans to launch internet services in Kenya.

Powered by Elon Musk’s SpaceX, the company said it is awaiting service coverage and regulatory approval ahead of an official launch in the second quarter of 2023.

How To Book Starlink Internet Service in Kenya.

In a statement, the internet provider that promises ‘Work and play at remote locations’ said Kenyans will be able to order the service with a $99 deposit, which is refundable once approved.

Customers will be charged an additional $499 plus tax for the Starlink kit.

“Starlink is targeting service in your area starting Q2 2023. Availability is subject to regulatory approval. Within each coverage area, orders are fulfilled on a first-come-first-served basis,” Read part of Starlink’s statement.

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Starlink’s target areas in Kenya include Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa and Nakuru.

The internet provider into the market will be timely for internet users who have been experiencing disruptions from other major network providers.

According to SpaceX’s interactive coverage map, Starlink’s service is already available in 44 countries around the world.

The firm targets customers who struggle to access the internet through traditional landlines.

The service aims at reaching such customers by using satellites to send signals rather than relying on fiber optic cables.

Since its launch in 2019, the company has launched more than 3000 satellites into low-Earth orbit.

The low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites have the capacity to provide high-speed internet services of up to 150Mbps.