SpaceX Starlink in Africa ‘Coming Soon’, Says Elon Musk
After SpaceX made an RV-friendly Starlink terminal, the company’s head is saying an entry into Africa is imminent.
SpaceX head @Elon Musk said the first countries in Africa to receive Starlink satellite internet would be announced soon, as stated in a tweet on Monday.
The statement came in response to a user asking if SpaceX had any plans for Starlink in Africa, to which Musk said, “Yes, first countries in Africa to be announced coming soon.”
Yes, first countries in Africa to be announced coming soon.
Starlink will serve everywhere on Earth that we’re legally allowed to serve.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 23, 2022
In the tweet, Musk also added that “Starlink will serve everywhere on Earth that we’re legally allowed to serve.”
When viewing SpaceX’s availability map, the entire continent of Africa is highlighted in dark blue to signify that it’s waitlisted.
If you scroll over Africa with the mouse, it displays a message saying “Starting in 2023.”
Musk was in Brazil over the weekend to help the country launch Starlink, and to continue government talks about the future of the service in the country.
SpaceX’s interactive availability map showed Starlink operating in 32 countries earlier this month, with new additions set to help that number increase even more.
In addition to launching a pay-as-you-go RV service plan, SpaceX has chosen JSX to become the first air carrier to use Starlink internet for inflight Wi-Fi.