After Nigeria and Mozambique, Elon Musk now sees Tanzania
NAIROBI, Kenya – Tech billionaire Elon Musk is now eyeing Tanzania as his new investment destination.
Starlink – an internet service provider owned by SpaceX Company will be available in Tanzania in the first quarter of 2023.
The SpaceX Company has provided Internet connectivity using thousands of satellites in space that communicate with designated ground transmitters.
Analysts confirm that the new service will help boost the digital sector in Tanzania at lower prices and provide fast internet.
Dr Jabiri Bakari – Director General – of the Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) who spoke to local media confirmed that Starlink Company had made an application.
“I am aware that the company had made an application through our portal.”
Tanzania will be the third country that Starlink sets foot in after successfully establishing operations in both Mozambique and Nigeria.
However, Abel Kinyondo – a lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam, believes that the success of Starlink will depend on their internet speed and affordability.
“We all know that in the 21st century, Internet service is no longer a luxury, but something that it is a basic need. Its high speed and affordability can mean high speed and quick access to information. If they promised to help farmers get information about the weather and how they can improve their crops, then they will be a force to be reckoned with.”
Abel further added that Starlink’s service will set the stage for the growth of the digital economy in Tanzania.
Should Starlink’s application receive approval from the Tanzanian regulator, customers will be charged $99 as an installation fee.
Based on the type of license approved by TCRA, it will set the stage for fierce competition with local service providers.
In order for users to access Starlink’s internet service, they must mount a satellite dish in a clear sky and have a Wi-Fi router, cables and base.
Internet access in many African countries is very slow to the point that even people who can afford it still face some limitations when using it.