There has been considerable noise about the launch – or otherwise – of Starlink in South Africa. What’s the real story?
Elon Musk’s Starlink appears to be making preparations to enter the South African market.
Amazon has booked three Falcon 9 launches with Elon Musk’s SpaceX to help deploy Starlink rival Project Kuiper.
SpaceX’s uncrewed spacecraft, Starship was presumed to have failed in space minutes after lifting off on Saturday.
Satellite providers are helping telecoms operators connect rural and remote communities on the African continent.
Amazon’s first pair of prototype satellites for its planned Kuiper internet network were launched into space on Friday.
Zambia is the newest in a growing list of African countries to have SpaceX-owned Starlink go live.
SpaceX will partner with e-commerce firm Jumia Technologies to expand its Starlink satellite broadband services in Africa.
Paratus Group has become a Starlink distributor, though it won’t be able to sell the product in South Africa just yet.
An apparent standoff over licensing rules in South Africa means the country’s northern neighbour is set to get Starlink first.