SpaceX has officially launched Starlink in Zambia, becoming the sixth country in Africa to receive the high-speed, uncapped satellite internet service.
Residents of Zambia can now place orders for their Starlink kits directly on the company’s website. Starlink has warned that the service is currently available in the country using inter-satellite links, which could result in intermittent latency issues.
“Users will be able to engage in common internet activities like email, online shopping, or streaming a movie, but activities like online gaming or video calls may be challenging at times,” Starlink said in a statement.
However, Starlink has assured customers that the service will improve “dramatically” over the next year. The company also claims that customers in the region typically measure download speeds of up to 120Mbps, which is impressively high for a satellite service.
In Zambia, the residential Starlink dish and router cost 10,744 Zambian Kwacha ($503), while the regular monthly subscription is priced at ZMW771 ($33). The Flat High Performance dish, which is geared towards professional and business users with more demanding broadband requirements, is priced at ZMW50,133 ($2350.30).
Users who wish to use the service in other African countries will have to pay ZMW1,000 ($46) per month for regional roaming. Those who want to take their Starlink kit and use it on another continent will have to cough up ZMW3,950 ($185.18).
The launch of Starlink in Zambia is a significant development for the country, as it will provide residents with access to high-speed internet for the first time. This could have a major impact on the country’s economy and society, as it will enable people to work remotely, access educational resources, and connect with others around the world.
How Starlink Will Impact Zambia
Starlink is poised to have a significant impact on Zambia. The service will provide residents with access to high-speed internet for the first time, which could have a major impact on the country’s economy and society.
The service has the potential to improve the lives of millions of people and help to transform the country’s economy and society.