Elon Musk’s Starlink is now operational in Nigeria, making it the first country in Africa.

Customers in Nigeria can now access Starlink, a satellite internet service owned by Elon Musk.

Weeks after preorder sales were announced, the development happened.

Customers who were interested in the beginning kits could preorder them from the company for $600 for the hardware and $43 per month for service subscriptions.

Starlink announced on its Twitter page on Tuesday that its service is now operational in the nation.

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Meanwhile, the company’s website states that customers can get its services at a lower price with a 30-day free trial.

While the hardware would cost N274,098, the subscription would cost N19,260, according to the notification.

“Starlink is currently available in your area. Customers in your region typically see download speeds of 50-200 Mbps. No contracts, 30-day trial,” the company stated.

“Shipping times are currently estimated to be 1 to 2 weeks from order… N19,260/month for service and N274,098 for hardware.”

Isa Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy, confirmed the development and called it a watershed moment.

“We have made it again. @SpaceX thank you for hosting me in your headquarters, United States in December 2022 to complete the logistics for the deployment,” he tweeted.

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TheCable reported in 2021 that the company, which saw Nigeria as a critical market, was in discussions with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to secure the licenses required to launch.

Elon Musk announced one year later that Starlink had been approved for deployment in Nigeria.

Culled: TheCable