SpaceX Starlink in Tanzania Seeks Approval by 2023

SpaceX’s Starlink is increasingly becoming available in countries around the world, and one country in Africa has now been added to the continent’s satellite internet repertoire.

The Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) issued a permit to SpaceX to launch its Starlink low-Earth orbit satellite internet service in the country, according to Business Insider of Africa.

The approval will let Starlink launch the broadband internet’s operations in Tanzania between January and March, dependent upon regulatory approvals.

The news comes just six months after Nigeria and Mozambique approved the use of Starlink, as another country in Africa to gain access to the service. SpaceX still needs to establish in-country earth stations in Tanzania to make the service active, which is expected to happen in early 2023 as the company continues to receive regulatory approvals to deploy the service.

Last week, Starlink expanded to offer service coverage to all of Canada, Norway and Sweden, expanding even more to include all of Alaska, Finland, Norway and more.

The service was praised by U.S. Pentagon troops for its connectivity from Polar regions of the Arctic, significantly improving upon connection speeds available before the service was expanded there.

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Reports show that the U.S. Air Force is looking to use Starlink in Africa and Europe under a $1.9 million plan.