Elon Musk’s company to launch internet in Tanzania

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Elon Musk’s company to launch internet in Tanzania

Elon Musk‘s Starlink internet service is expected to be available in Tanzania in the first quarter of 2023, with analysts saying the new development will boost the digital economy.

According to The Citizen Tanzania, the service, which is owned by the SpaceX Company, has been providing internet connectivity using thousands of satellites in space that communicate with designated transmitters on the ground.

Those who spoke to The Citizen say that the new service will only stimulate the digital sector if it is sold at a cheap price and provides high-speed internet.

On their official website, Starlink announced their plan to bring the services between January and March subject to regulatory approval.

The Director General of the Tanzania Communications Authority (TCRA), Jabiri Bakari confirmed to The Citizen that the Starlink Company sent an application.

When asked if he was aware of the arrival of Starlink Corporation, Dr Bakari replied: “Yes, I am aware that the company applied through the website.

The only African countries that have so far allowed Starlink to operate are Nigeria and Mozambique.

This was done after obtaining regulatory approvals from both nations.

Whether Starlink will have a big impact or not will depend on how the business expects to provide services quickly and cheaply, according to economist Abel Kinyondo from the University of Dar es Salaam.

“Internet service is not a luxury but a basic need. Its high speed and affordability can mean high speed and quick access to information,” he said.

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