Starlink launches in Zambia, its sixth African country
Starlink has officially launched its satellite internet service in Zambia following a year of regulatory and technical preparations, with Starlink securing its operating license in June. The distribution of Starlink's services in Zambia will be handled by Paratus Zambia.
Zambia's President, Hakainde Hichilema, celebrated the launch on Twitter, highlighting the importance of affordable digital access for all. According to Starlink's website, the hardware for the service costs 10,744 Zambian kwacha ($505), with a monthly subscription fee of 507 Zambian kwacha ($24).
Zambia has historically faced high data prices, with data costs among the highest in Africa. The introduction of Starlink aims to provide more affordable and accessible internet options to the population.
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Starlink's launch in Zambia marks its presence in the sixth African country, with previous launches in Mozambique, Rwanda, Mauritius, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. However, the company has faced challenges in South Africa, where the importation and usage of its services have been banned. In South Africa, regulatory hurdles include a requirement for the company's subsidiary to allocate 30% ownership to historically disadvantaged groups. This provision has led to tensions between the company and South African authorities. While Starlink continues to expand its footprint in Africa, it faces different regulatory landscapes and challenges in each country, making its regional operations a complex endeavor.