After Nigeria and Mozambique, Elon Musk now eyes Tanzania


NAIROBI, Kenya - Tech billionaire Elon Musk now eyes Tanzania as his new investment destination.

Starlink -an internet service provider that is owned by SpaceX Company is set to be available in Tanzania in the first quarter of 2023.

SpaceX Company has been providing internet connectivity using thousands of satellites in space that communicate with designated ground transceivers.

Analysts affirm that the new service will help boost the digital sector in Tanzania at lower prices and provides fast internet.

Dr Jabiri Bakari -Director General -of Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) who spoke to local media confirmed that the 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 is setting foot in after successfully establishing its operations in both Mozambique and Nigeria.

Abel Kinyondo -a lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam, however, opines 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 which it is a basic need. Its high speed and affordability could mean high speed and fast 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 reckon 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 gets approval from the Tanzanian regulatory authority then customers will be charged $ 99 as an installation fee.

Based on the type of license approved by TCRA, it will set the ground for stiff competition with local service providers.

For users to access Starlink internet service, they need to mount a dish on a clear sky and have the 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.


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