The discussions started on the sidelines of the ongoing International Telecommunication Union-World Radio Communication (ITU-WRC23) Conference in Dubai, with the Senior Director of Global Licensing and activation of SpaceX, Ryan Goodnight.
Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Dr Bosun Tijani, disclosed this through his verified X handle.
“Excellent conversation with Ryan Goodnight, Snr. Director, Global Licensing & Activation of @SpaceX on the sidelines of ITU-WRC 23, who shared that Nigeria is their biggest market in Africa. As demand for @Starlink continues to grow in Nigeria, we discussed connecting unserved and underserved Nigerians,” he stated.
“I also mentioned the possibility of creating thousands of new jobs in Nigeria through initiatives like a certified installer/maintenance programme for Starlink and working with hardware startups to produce repeater boxes locally.
When Elon Musk’s Starlink made its debut in Nigeria in January 2023, the next-gen satellite internet service provider promised to usher in a new era of high-speed internet connectivity in Africa’s most populous nation. It also promised low-latency internet to areas where it is either unreliable or inaccessible.
In October, Starlink Nigeria reduced its hardware prices by 21% in its efforts to capture a larger portion of the Nigerian Internet Service Provider (ISP) market.