Starlink, the satellite internet company owned by Elon Musk, has officially launched its services in Kenya. Pre-orders for its hardware had been opened earlier this year, and now the company has partnered with Karibu Connect, an internet connectivity solutions provider in East Africa, to become its first authorized reseller in Kenya.
Karibu Connect will bring Starlink’s high-speed, low-latency internet to various sectors in rural Kenya, including small businesses, education, government organizations, tourism, and more. The Starlink enterprise services will cater to fixed and mobile applications, even offering vehicle-mounted solutions for on-the-go connectivity, including boats and ships.
John Thuo, CEO of Karibu Connect, expressed excitement about the partnership, stating that it will significantly enhance internet access in rural Kenya, fostering societal progress and economic growth.
Starlink, operated by SpaceX, utilizes a constellation of low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites, offering a revolutionary satellite internet service that delivers high-speed and low latency connectivity. The company has a global customer base exceeding 1.5 million subscribers and is at the forefront of transforming the global internet connectivity landscape.
Karibu Connect complements Starlink’s services with managed Wi-Fi, cybersecurity, and professional installation services. They have designed flexible hardware leasing plans to make Starlink connectivity accessible to businesses of all sizes, and their in-country support team provides 24/7 assistance with online monitoring and management of Starlink services, including tailored solutions for public Wi-Fi hotspots and 4G/5G backhaul.