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  • Jumia will serve as the distributor of satellite terminals and connectivity kits for Starlink Ventures in Africa.
  • Jumia’s extensive reach throughout Africa enables it to pioneer in offering these kits.
  • E-commerce giant Jumia will initiate the sale of satellite terminals and related equipment in Nigeria.

In spite of the adverse effects of COVID-19 on Africa, the pandemic years became a significant turning point in the continent’s economic landscape. Over the course of just two years, Africa demonstrated its capabilities through its substantial growth in the realm of e-commerce. This surge in e-commerce activity underscores the immense potential that Africa holds, especially if it can bolster its Internet access infrastructure.

Notably, this potential has captured the attention of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk. He has taken proactive measures to accelerate Africa’s journey toward asserting itself in the online landscape. In recent developments, Elon Musk’s satellite internet company, Starlink Ventures, has entered

The Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA), has said Elon Musk's Starlink, the company that would provide the satellite internet services to remote areas in Tanzania, needs only to complete the required procedure to set up shop in the country. Photo/Sky News

Elon Musk applied for licensing to provide Tanzania with satellite Internet services; that was last year. This year, the Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA), has said, Musk’s Starlink, the company that provides the satellite internet services, needs only to complete the required procedure to set up shop in the country.

This response by Tanzania to Elon Musk’s application has stirred up controversy on Twitter with executives from both sides raising allegations and counter-allegations.

On Elon Musk’s side, you have allegations of foul play by existing telecom giants in Tanzania lobbying to keep his Starlink from entering the market.

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On Tanzania’s side, you have authorities playing it safe with a clean-cut statement saying Elon Musk’s Starlink needs only to comply with the country’s regulation requirements, otherwise, Starlink is more than welcome to enter the market.

If the Twitter exchange is

Starlink says that the company will kick off its operation in Nigeria next year.
  • Starlink is an internet company owned by America’s billionaire Elon Musk.
  • The company targets to service five per cent of internet users in the world, inclusive of Africa’s biggest economy.
  • Starlink expects to start operation by the end of the year 2022.

It is about to go down in Nigeria!

This is if data from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is anything to go by. The data from this independent National Regulatory Authority for the telecommunications industry in Nigeria shows that two of the country’s telcos have lost over 1.37 million data users.

This is after Starlink, an internet company owned by America’s billionaire Elon Musk, revealed that it was planning to invest in the Nigerian internet service market. MTN and 9mobile have been the biggest casualties.

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Despite the hopes, questions abound if Starlink will manage to address …