Zambia becomes sixth African country to launch SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service


Starlink has officially launched its operations in Zambia, making it the sixth African country to get SpaceX’s satellite internet service.

Starlink claims its services are well-suited for rural and underserved areas where traditional internet infrastructure is often lacking.

The launch of Starlink in Zambia is said to be part of a broader trend of SpaceX expanding its satellite internet service across Africa.

In 2023, government granted Starlink a licence to operate in Zambia.

To deliver its services, Starlink signed a reseller agreement with Paratus Zambia.

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Country Manager of Paratus Zambia, Marius van Vuuren, says the firm prides itself as technology and telecommunication leaders.

He said Starlink was ready to take its service to customers, both existing and new, including to such industry sectors as energy, mining, hospitality, education, healthcare, agriculture, manufacturing.

“It is a very exciting opportunity for us to be involved in this initiative. We recognise and applaud the hard work done by our government, regulator, and other authorities, in conjunction with Starlink, in ensuring this leading-edge technology is available to the Zambian market.

“As Paratus, we pride ourselves on being technology and telecommunication leaders; and being directly involved with Starlink aligns to this. We are We firmly believe our value-add is an essential ingredient in making Starlink a huge success in Zambia,” he said.

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