SpaceX applies for a Nigeria telecom licence in bid to deliver internet access to rural areas

A launch in Nigeria by late 2021 is expected

SpaceX and NCC

Iconic aerospace company SpaceX is making an entry into the African continent. The Elon Musk company just applied for a telecom license in Nigeria to deliver high-speed internet to rural areas. The Starlink project sets up an interconnected network of low-earth-orbit satellites delivering high-speed internet connectivity.

The broadband penetration is at 70% which covers 90% of the entire population. According to Business Insider Africa, the company has applied for a Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) license that offers high-speed internet via satellite.

The company’s application for a telecommunication license was confirmed by its Market Access Director for Africa Ryan Goodnight. The meeting took place alongside Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman.

Ryan described Nigeria as a critical maker for Africa. He also confirmed continued talks with Nigeria over several months to kickstart the process of pursuing all licenses to bring satellite broadband services to Nigeria. In a statement shared by NCC, the commission body confirmed they will review the application to ensure it meets “effective and a sustainable telecoms ecosystem.”


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