SpaceX Starlink Internet is Coming to Malawi

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has been expanding its Starlink low-Earth orbit satellite internet service around the world, and the company has officially been approved in one more country in Africa.

SpaceX has been approved to launch internet service in Malawi, as reported by Malawi 24 over the weekend.

The company was issued an internet service license by the country’s Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA). Specifically, the company was given a network facilities license, a network services license and an application services license.

SpaceX began working to get the license in February, and the license is set to become effective the day it’s published in the government newspaper.

Users in the country have expressed excitement over the service’s arrival, with Twitter user @Jorge_Shapiro saying, “High speed low latency Internet coming to Malawi via Elon Musk’s starlink company…. I USED TO PRAY FOR TIMES LIKE THESE!!!!!!”

Starlink was also approved by governments in Zambia, Nigeria and Mozambique this year, the first few African countries to receive the satellite internet service.

SpaceX launched its 48th rocket this year last week, carrying 54 more Starlink satellites into orbit using the Falcon 9 booster.

In 2023, SpaceX plans to launch its second-gen satellites weekly, set to expand the orbital satellite internet constellation substantially.