Karibu Connect, a provider of internet connectivity services in East Africa, will has been appointed as the first authorized reseller of Starlink in Kenya. This move marks a significant step in the company’s mission to eliminate the digital divide and enhance the connectivity infrastructure across Kenya.
Across Africa, Starlink is already accessible in Rwanda, Nigeria, and the French overseas territories of Reunion and Mayotte.
Starlink, operated by American aerospace company SpaceX which is owned by billionaire Ellon Musk, offers a revolutionary satellite internet service that uses a constellation of low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites.
“Our partnership with Starlink is a substantial progression in our mission to deliver affordable, high-quality internet access to all corners of Kenya. The deployment of Starlink’s groundbreaking technology will revolutionize how rural Kenya engages with the global community, fostering societal progress and driving economic growth,” said John Thuo, CEO, Karibu Connect.
Starlink transforming global connectivity
Unlike traditional satellite internet, Starlink provides high-speed, low latency connectivity, supporting services not possible with traditional satellite technology. With a global customer base exceeding 1.5 million subscribers, Starlink is at the forefront of transforming the global internet connectivity landscape.
Karibu Connect says it will extend Starlink’s high-speed, low-latency connectivity to diverse sectors in rural Kenya. It will be targetting small businesses, industry, telecommunications, multi-dwelling units, education, tourism and hospitality, maritime, and government organizations.
The company will be offering Starlink enterprise services for both fixed and mobile applications, including vehicle mounted solutions for use on-the-go or on boats and ships operating both inland and offshore.
Karibu Connect says it will offer round-the-clock in-country support team and an online interface for easy monitoring and maintenance of all Starlink service features. There will also be customized options for 4G/5G backhaul and public Wi-Fi hotspots.
In May 2022, Starlink gained regulatory approval in Mozambique and Nigeria. Nigeria became the first nation in Africa and the 46th nation worldwide to implement Starlink services when they went operational in January 2023. Following in February was Rwanda.
Zambia, Botswana, and Malawi are the next countries on the Southern African road map, and according to the Starlink website, service will begin there in Q3 of 2023.