Satellite Company, Starlink, belonging to billionaire Elon Musk’s, will partner with e-commerce firm, Jumia Technologies AG, to expand its satellite broadband services in Africa. During an Interview with Bloomberg, Jumia Chief Commercial Officer, Hisham El Gabry, revealed that, the e-commerce firm will sell Starlink’s satellite terminals and other kits in some African nations, starting with Nigeria in coming weeks.
In his statement, “We have seen Starlink do these types of deals in Southeast Asia and South America, and now Africa will also have the opportunity to access the fast-speed internet services,” he said.
“The plan is to start selling through our sites and agents in Nigeria this month, and then Kenya.”
According to the report, partnership with Jumia will help Starlink sell terminals in areas that lack formal addresses and city mapping.
In January,2023 Nigeria became the first African country to receive Starlink services.
Starlink is an internet service by Musk’s SpaceX to improve internet coverage in remote areas and unreached town/villages globally.
According to expert, Starlink satellites are said to be over 60 times closer to Earth than a conven tional satellites, resulting in lower latency and the ability to support services typically not possible with traditional satellite internet.