SpaceX is expanding Starlink’s reach as it continues to launch more satellites. The next country to come online might be Zambia, where the Starlink team recently met with government officials.
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The meeting was tweeted by Jito Kayumba, a Special Assistant to the government. He wrote, “Our President’s engagement with the team from SpaceX and their Starlink initiative will escalate Zambia’s position in the digital economy and enable universal access to internet and other technologies. Grateful for this initiative from visionary entrepreneur Elon Musk.”
Elon Musk, who was mentioned in the tweet, responded he is looking forward to making the service available in the African country.
Looking forward to providing Starlink service to the people of Zambia!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 19, 2022
Zambia reportedly has 5.47 million internet users at the beginning of the year. That was an increase of 5.4 percent compared to 2021. Nearly three-quarters of the country remain offline.
Cellular network speed in the country is pegged at 12.08 Mbps, while fixed internet connection speed is 4.65 Mbps.
SpaceX now offers Starlink on all continents, including Antarctica. It is expected to expand by 70 percent and cover all of Canada by later this year.