2023 will be a fast year for many reasons. He’s already past a week, and the remaining 51 weeks could be covered sooner than you think.
Ever since tech billionaire Elon Musk expressed interest in the Nigerian market with his Internet services venture Starlink in 2022, many have been eyeing what the Musk team has to offer.
Some describe the move as a boon for heavy internet users, especially startups, businesses, remote workers and freelancers.
Elon Musk’s Starlink has secured regulatory approval to operate in Nigeria 🇳🇬. Big W for business. Break free from the usual epileptic ISP shackles.
—Slimfit® (@iSlimfit) May 27, 2022
While many believe this is worth exploiting, some analysts believe that existing Internet service providers, particularly Mike Adenuga’s Globacom, which launched its service exactly 20 years ago on the 29th, Concerned about potential threats to Indigenous providers. August 2003.
Here is Starlink. How will this affect Glo’s market?
—TechMind (@Justolaola) January 7, 2023
Nigeria has a market for every product. A beautiful country without discrimination, always open to adopting and adopting new ideas and products.
2023 will be no exception. Starlink is currently in use in Nigeria and this is the first gadget review of an internet service device.
How much does it cost to own a starlink device?
Management pegged it at $100 when pre-orders were announced for 2022. According to Starlink, the price was to reserve a buy slot for interested potential customers.
They announced that when the gadget is ready to hit the market, they will notify those who have paid and pay an additional $500 for a $600 procurement fee for the actual order.
Elon Musk’s Starlink is now available for pre-order in Nigeria. I tried it today and found it cost about N450,000 to setup and about N32,000 per month. Would you still get one or is MTN okay? pic.twitter.com/QwV6y2b7O9
— The Mayowa Tijani (@OluwamayowaTJ) January 3, 2023
As of January 7th, there is a long waiting list of Nigerians waiting to complete their pre-order payments and complete their purchases.
Right man.i just wait for myself pic.twitter.com/vShVxnu6vj
— Ndifreke Ekim (#Obidient) 💯 (@bitsprogrammer) January 6, 2023
In the interim, obtaining the device will cost interested Nigerians around £450,000. This does not include the $43 monthly subscription fee for unlimited data usage. At $43, Nigerians need a budget of around KRW 31,000 to enjoy uninterrupted internet connectivity in the most remote locations.
How is your device powered?
Power is one of the most important aspects of any electronic device. In engineering, the easier the source of energy or power is, the easier it is to market the product.
This is especially true in countries like Nigeria where power is a problem, power design is critical.
Starlink devices score lower here. Starlink requires the device to be plugged in while in use as it is not rechargeable like MTN Mifi devices.
Also read: Elon Musk’s Starlink will cost Nigerians N479,035. MTN, Airtel and others benefit
Businesses, coworking hubs, corporate offices, or homes with 24/7 solar power will find this device worthwhile. Other than this, this type of wireless internet device consumes power and may require an air conditioner to cool the device, which can be a waste of investment for struggling small businesses. .
It is important to know how to pay for your order. As with most e-commerce products, payment by cards and tokens is expected.
For Starlink devices, some users explained that they paid for their orders with a dollar card.
Dollar cards may be the only option due to CBN’s restrictions on dollars.
Twitter user Bello Gbadebo, a recent purchaser, revealed that it took a week to receive the device after paying.
“We pre-ordered it in October when it was ready to ship,” he said. “The pre-order was $100. I got my last order in December and it arrived in a week and a few days. It costs $500, so in total he’s $600.”
What about speed and latency?
“Mostly much lower and a few times higher,” says Bello, who tested the device (in person) at his home in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
He added: Latency is also pretty decent. ”
just got a chance to test me @SpaceX #starlink out. I haven’t done extensive testing (I will this weekend), but so far I’m pretty impressed. Initial test was around 20Mbps, then up to around 240Mbps. Latency is also pretty decent. pic.twitter.com/4e3w0jqXDL
— Bello Badebo (@Gbahdeyboh) January 3, 2023
what are people saying?
With the exception of Bello’s, other reviews of the product and company were less than positive. Many complained of poor customer support, with some having to wait months.
I wish you well. Can I have a satellite dish this year?
It’s been 2 years!!
2 years on pre-order! pic.twitter.com/aHgLNRZmlZ
— Brett Birmingham (@bigairmingham) January 4, 2023
@elonmusk It’s time to rattle the cage with Starlink Internet Customer Service. The people who are new nasty and have a lot of problems with customer service are terrible. Long delays and people go without service and people leave because of it.Tks
— Ray Tobin (squishydead) (@stingray66) January 6, 2023
dear uncle @elonmusk , purchased the Starlink kit on December 6th. Today is December 13th and she hasn’t been sent yet. Are there any production delays? Or is it because the order hasn’t come out yet? In this case, thank you very much.
—Disco Stu (@Disco_1980__) December 13, 2022
Starlink should arrive in the Philippines in time..
— wag ki bot (@wag_ki) December 5, 2022
How prepared is Starlink for Nigeria? How ready are Nigerians for Starlink?
Nigeria may be a good market for products, but it can also be fun.Remember the Lagos government’s ban on bike hailing companies such as Gokada, MaxNG and Opay. I may ask again: How ready is Elon Musk’s Starlink for Nigeria? How ready are Nigerians for Starlink?
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