Space X’s Starlink has announced its recent approval and licensing to offer internet services and will launch its satellite in Benin, West Africa.
This accomplishment comes after all required documentation and agreements with Benin’s regulatory bodies have been finalized.
Benin has now joined Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Zambia, and other countries in Africa to reap the benefits of Starlink’s state-of-the-art, high-speed internet solutions.
This is an important step in Benin’s plan to strengthen its digital economy and link its people to the world’s digital economy.
The monthly cost of the service in Benin is CFA30,000 ($48.66), plus CFA15,000 for shipping and handling. The equipment cost is CFA400,000, or around $650, one-time.
The National Telecom Regulatory Authority (ARCEP) will charge users in the nation an extra CFA3,125 each month in order to access the electromagnetic spectrum required for service delivery. The regulator and the company are working together to lower these fees in the future.
For Benin, the introduction of high-speed, low-latency internet connection via Starlink’s Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite network is expected to be revolutionary. It also satisfies the urgent need for dependable and reasonably priced broadband internet services, especially in rural areas where traditional telecom infrastructure has either been inadequate or nonexistent.
Businesses and individuals around the country now have the opportunity to take advantage of the benefits of satellite-based internet because of this revolution in connection.
In real terms, this implies that underserved and isolated areas of Benin will have access to dependable, fast internet, closing the digital gap and providing chances for telemedicine, e-commerce, education, and other applications. Starlink Satellite Launch Benin
Additionally, a variety of applications, including data-intensive research and development and video conferencing, will be supported by Starlink’s increased speeds and reduced latency.
Starlink is expanding further in Africa as part of SpaceX’s goal to deliver high-speed internet access everywhere, even in underserved, isolated, and rural places that are inaccessible to mobile network operators.
The company depends on its constellation of low-orbit satellites and plans to launch in 23 African countries by the end of this year.