SpaceX Launches Starlink Internet in Rwanda

Photo: Starlink coverage map

SpaceX has launched Starlink internet service in Rwanda, as was spotted by @Nathan Owens on Thursday on the company’s coverage map.

The service is available in Rwanda for RWF 48,000 (~$44 USD) per month with the purchase of the Starlink hardware for RWF 572,000 (~$526 USD), as pointed out by another user in the thread and as can be seen on Owens’ Global Starlink Pricing Spreadsheet.

The news comes just weeks after Starlink reached 100 percent coverage in Nigeria, and after the service had also been approved in Mozambique last year — though it hasn’t yet launched in the latter country.

A report in November showed that the Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority had issued Starlink a permit to launch service in the country, with a full launch expected to take place between January and March 2023.

SpaceX head Elon Musk announced last May that Starlink would be “coming soon” to Africa, with the coverage map at the time showing “Starting in 2023” when scrolling over many countries on the continent.

The news also comes after the company has been rolling out the satellite internet service in some highly remote locations throughout the world, recently including the islands of Mayotte, Reunion and others, as well as some areas near the North Pole and South Pole.

In August, the U.S. Air Force announced plans to spend $1.9 million on Starlink to support operations in Europe and Africa.