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African giant Nigeria scores big with SpaceX's Starlink satellite internet now live!

Breaking news, guys! SpaceX's satellite internet service, Starlink, has finally made its way to Africa and Nigeria is the lucky first country to experience it. The company made the announcement on Twitter and Nigeria's Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, celebrated the milestone with a tweet of his own. He shared his appreciation for SpaceX's efforts in making the deployment happen after visiting their headquarters in the US back in December 2022.

Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, had shared plans to expand Starlink into Africa last year and by May, it was already approved to provide broadband internet in Nigeria and Mozambique. With over a million users worldwide, Starlink is now available in dozens of countries. However, Elon mentioned in October that the service was losing money but that didn't stop the billionaire from providing thousands of Starlink dishes to Ukraine, even after Russia's invasion in February. Sadly, not all 25,300 Starlink terminals in Ukraine were paying for the service, with only 10,630 of them making use of the service.

SpaceX didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment, but that's not stopping us from being excited about this new development! Africa and Nigeria, in particular, just took a big step forward in terms of internet accessibility and we can't wait to see what the future holds.

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