The Rwanda Space Agency (RSA) has announced that Starlink has received permission to offer internet and high-speed connectivity services to Rwanda through its constellation of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites. Its operations are scheduled to commence in April 2023.
The license aligns with the updated National Broadband Policy and Strategy, prioritising backing firms that offer cost-effective, high-quality broadband services.
“Starlink is planning to launch its services in Rwanda in the first quarter of this year, which would make it the second country in Africa to have its services officially operational.” Said Francis Ngabo, CEO of RSA.
Francis Ngabo, stated that the internet operations of Starlink align with the country’s aim to achieve universal broadband network coverage, even in remote areas. He added that the goal of this alignment is to utilize space capabilities for national development by contributing to the establishment of international connectivity redundancy and near-universal broadband coverage.
“Starlink is not intended to replace the current internet service providers in the country but rather to enhance and improve their operations while acting as a strong competitor to their infrastructure.” He stated.
Aditionally, he expressed confidence in the high speed and reliability of the service, which he believes will have a positive impact on both citizens and businesses and enhance the country’s competitiveness in the global digital economy.
The Minister of Information and Communications Technology and Innovation, Paula Inagbire, also emphasized that the space agency will continue collaborating with satellite broadband internet providers to ensure affordable services for the people.
However, Francis Ngabo mentioned that services would increase broadband competitiveness as the end-user services will cost around USD 44 for a bandwidth of 150 Mbps and 350 Mbps for businesses.