Personal finance expert Kalu Aja has stated that the arrival of Starlink in Nigeria implies that a child in Ohafia, Abia State, will have the same or faster internet connection than a child in Ikoyi, Lagos.
He revealed this in a series of tweets outlining the benefits of Elon Musk’s internet company, Starlink, which is expanding into Nigeria.
Nairametrics has reported that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has licensed Starlink, a satellite internet constellation operated by SpaceX.
- Ryan Goodnight, Starlink’s Market Access Director for Africa, and Levin Born, a SpaceX consultant, visited the NCC last May and expressed interest in obtaining a license to operate satellite internet in the country.
- Prior to the visit, the regulator and the space industry were in digital talks about the matter until the NCC authorized a physical meeting.
- Suddenly, the world’s richest man, Elon Musk, tweeted that the Nigerian government had approved Starlink. Musk tweeted, “Starlink approved by Nigeria & Mozambique 🇲🇿”
- Nairametrics has also verified that Starlink has been awarded two licenses, including an International Gateway license and an Internet Service Provider (ISP) license, and that it will operate under the name Starlink Internet Services Nigeria Ltd.
What Kalu Aja Says
Kalu Aja took to Twitter to inform Nigerians about the benefits of Starlink’s internet business in the country.
He said, “Starlink coming to Nigeria means a child in Ohafia will have the same or faster internet access than a child in Ikoyi”
“A teacher (or doctor) from “Ohafia” (a local government in Abia State, Nigeria) can go back to “Ohafia” where the cost of living is cheaper, open a school (or clinic), connect online and visit local jobs.”
He went on to list the possibilities of high-speed internet and evaluated the common pains of Nigerians.
“A film crew in Jos can film & upload their videos directly from Plateau. A bank in Bama in Borno can be online in real time with banks in Lagos. ABU Zaria students can stream super-fast videos from all over the world…”
“That’s productivity, that’s GDP growth, that’s wealth creation”, he said.
A user, Property Captain, posted a question in response to Aja’s comments about SpeacX. “Kid in Ohafia has a monthly subscription of 110 USD?”
However, Aja responded with an optimistic outlook, “When Microsoft came to Nigeria, kids in Ikoyi had a $500 annual license for Windows? Patience….”
What you should know
- Starlink had launched more than 2,000 satellites by mid-January 2022, with more than 1,500 in operational orbit. The existing system has the capacity to support up to 4,408 satellites, almost tripling the current number.
- Starlink has the ability to deliver data faster than any other network. It has the capability to enable low latency data transport over long distances.
- While the Starlink satellite internet service may have better performance, the prices, especially in Nigeria, may make your eyes water.
- You have to spend extra for this significant performance bump. The company recently increased the price of its Basic plan, which now costs $110 per month (up from $99). In addition, the price of the equipment climbed from $499 to $599. There is also a new Starlink service tier for businesses. It costs a whopping $500 each month while the equipment costs $2,500.