Explainer: How to setup Starlink in Nigeria

In May 2022, Elon Musk announced that SpaceX’s Starlink is staging an entry into Africa’s most populous state, Nigeria.

Since then, Starlink has been heavily touted as a remedy for Nigeria’s erratic internet speed.

Starlink is the world’s first and largest satellite constellation that uses a low Earth orbit to deliver broadband internet. Unlike most satellite internet services, Starlink is a constellation of thousands of satellites that orbit the planet.

Starlink could be the well-sought solution to Nigeria’s internet problems as it can deliver high-speed, low-latency internet, and its hardware device can withstand extreme cold, heat, hail, sleet, and heavy rain.

As the Starlink hardware kit is now available in Nigeria, an exposé into its ins and outs becomes necessary.

Starlink boasts a fixed broadband download of 250 Mbps. Starlink uses LEO satellites that circle the planet at only 300 miles above surface level, making it ideal for live streaming and television broadcasts.

Starlink’s charge for the hardware device is $600 (₦274,098) and the subscription is $43 (₦19,260) per month.

The Starlink device can be ordered on the company’s website. The Starlink Kit arrives with your Starlink, WiFi router, cables, and base.

Starlink is easy to set up and connects in minutes as long as it has a clear view of the sky.

Even in remote or rural settings, Starlink will be able to deliver speeds of up to 250 Mbps. Moreso, the Starlink router can support up to 128 devices.

Further, Starlink offers static/public IP addresses if you are a Business tier customer. Static IPs are not available for the residential, or any other service tier.

Setting up Starlink is easy. Just download the Starlink App, check for obstructions, unpack the Starlink kit, assemble and install the dish, connect to Starlink, and then use the app to manage Starlink’s visibility, statistics, speed, and settings.


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