Starlink, the satellite internet service, has officially launched in Zambia, marking the sixth African country to gain access to the service. After regulatory and technical preparations, it received its operating license in June. The distribution in Zambia will be managed by Paratus Zambia.
🌐 Zambia's president, Hakainde Hichilema, celebrated the launch, emphasizing the importance of affordable digital access for all citizens.
💰 The service costs 10,744 Zambian kwacha ($505) for hardware and 507 Zambian kwacha ($24) for monthly subscription. Zambia has some of the highest data prices in Africa, making affordable internet access a significant development.
🌍 Starlink has previously launched in Mozambique, Rwanda, Mauritius, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. Meanwhile, it's awaiting approval in Zimbabwe.
❌ In South Africa, Starlink faces challenges due to ownership regulations, which mandate allocating 30% ownership to historically disadvantaged groups.
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