Nigerian Man Shares Experience Using Elon Musk’s Starlink Network After Paying Over N400k to Purchase

Nigerian Man Shares Experience Using Elon Musk’s Starlink Network After Paying Over N400k to Purchase

  • A Nigerian man has successfully imported Elon Musk's Starlink network and has shared his experience
  • The new network will battle it out for data subscribers with MTN, GLO, and other telecommunication companies
  • The Starlink network is said to provide faster internet speed, and will also have a wider reach

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A Nigerian man, Bello Gbadebo has taken to social media to provide his experience using the newly launched Elon Musk satellite internet service, Starlink.

He was one of the few Nigerians who made a preorder when Starlink announced plans to roll out and expand its services to Nigeria in 2022.

Legit.ng had ealier reported that Musk had announced in his Twitter handle that Starlink would become active in Nigeria August 2022, and he urged potential users to begin ordering the $99 starter kits.

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Elon Musk Starlink Nigeria launch
Starlink to rival other telecommunication providers for subscribers Credit: @starlink
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On Wednesday, January 4, 2023, Gbadebo took to his Twitter handle @Gbahdeyboh to share his first experience after taking delivery.

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According to him, his first experience is great and the network speed has been very impressive.

His words:

"Just got a chance to test my Starlink, I haven't tested extensively (I intend to do so this weekend) but I'm pretty impressed so far. Got about 20Mbps on the initial test and it went up to about 240Mbps afterward. The latency is pretty decent as well."
"I'm testing from Abeokuta, Ogun State where I've struggled greatly with sub par Internet. Even hubs here don't have the internet bit figured out yet, so it's really a big deal to me that I'm able to get above 200Mbps."
"I get this speed despite not putting the dish in a very elevated space and having over 30% obstruction which my Starlink considers really bad. Wondering if it'll get any better if placed on the roof."

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How to buy Starlinks in Nigeria

According to Gbadebo, he visited the Starlink website and paid using a domiciled dollar card.

He revealed that he pre-ordered in October when it was available for shipping.

"The pre-order cost $100. Made the final order in December and it took a week and a few days to get here. Cost $500, making the total $600."

Starlink announces public sales

Meanwhile, recently Starlink released a statement that interested customers in Nigeria can preorder the starter kits at the price of $600 (over N438,000 at the current parallel market exchange rate) for the hardware.

Starlink also said customers will pay $43 (N31,390) per month for subscriptions to its services, The Cable reports.

Part of the statement reads:

“Order now to reserve your Starlink. Starlink expects to expand service in your area (Nigeria) in 2023. You will receive a notification once your Starlink is ready to ship,” the statement said.

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“$43/month for service and $600 for hardware.”

How does Starlink works

Starlink is a low-latency broadband internet system created to meet the needs of consumers in rural areas with low internet.

It delivers super-fast internet via satellites to rural areas, and it is theoretically capable of delivering 150Mbps internet speeds to any place on the planet.

Its high-speed, low-latency service is made possible via the world’s largest constellation of highly advanced satellites operating in a low orbit around the Earth.

Starlink is renowned for its impressive internet speed of 104Mbps, a sharp contrast to the average cellular internet speed of 17.38Mbps. Furthermore, the use of the LEO satellites is likely to significantly reduce internet downtimes.

List of companies that left Nigeria, CEOs give reasons

Meanwhile, in another report, Legit.ng revealed the list of companies operating in Nigeria that have sold their assets to local investors and left the country.

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The companies waved goodbye after years of playing a major role in employing thousands of Nigerians.

The company's CEOs have stated their reasons for leaving Nigeria, with one saying emphatically that he will not return.

Source: Legit.ng

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Dave Ibemere (Senior Business Editor) Dave Ibemere is a senior business editor at Legit.ng. He is a financial journalist with over a decade of experience in print and online media. He also holds a Master's degree from the University of Lagos. He is a member of the African Academy for Open-Source Investigation (AAOSI), the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and other media think tank groups. He previously worked with The Guardian, BusinessDay, and headed the business desk at Ripples Nigeria. Email: dave.ibemere@corp.legit.ng.

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