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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has licensed Elon Musk’s Starlink to provide low latency, high bandwidths Internet across Nigeria.

Starlink is operated by SpaceX, an American aerospace manufacturer and space transportations services company owned by Musk. The company first held discussions with the NCC last year May.

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Musk, billionaire tech entrepreneur who recently acquired Twitter, tweeted that his satellite Internet service company has been licensed in Nigeria and Mozambique as part of market goals to spread low-cost Internet to all corners of the globe including Nigeria which the company identifies as a critical market.

Musk tweeted @elonmusk, “Starlink approved by Nigeria and Mozambique.”

The Nigerian presence of SpaceX is part of a major global launch of low-earth orbiting (LOE) constellation of satellites by the company

Starlink, a satellite internet constellation operated by SpaceX, provides satellite internet access coverage to 32 countries.

During its May 2021 meeting with the NCC, the telecom regulator stressed that in light of disruption in the technology world, “NCC is keen on balancing healthy competition with entry of disruptive technologies to ensure sustainable telecoms industry growth and development in Nigeria.”

The satellite company’s team at the meeting was led by SpaceX’s Starlink Market Access Director for Africa, Ryan Goodnight and supported by the company’s consultant, Levin Born, the company provided an overview of its plans, expectations, licensing requests and deployment phases during the meeting.”

One gigabyte for mobile internet in Nigeria cost on average 88 U.S. cents as of February 2021, according to Statista and the country is ranked 43rd in a list of 230 countries worldwide.

A Starlink national rollout leveraging satellite technology is likely to crash access cost by more than 45%.

“Yes, first countries in Africa to be announced coming soon. Starlink will serve everywhere on Earth that we’re legally allowed to serve,” Musk had tweeted days before authorities in Nigeria and Mozambique gave the operator a positive nod.

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