Safaricom vs. Starlink Showdown: Satellite Internet Services Ready to Blast Off!

We reported plans for Elon Musk owned Starlink intentions to rollout Satelite based internet access here in Kenya, Safaricom has just revealed similar plans, pitting it against Starlink in what would most likely become a cut throat internet scramble. Safaricom is gearing up to launch satellite Internet services, and guess what? They’re not alone in this cosmic race! Elon Musk’s Starlink is also getting ready to blast off with a similar offering right here in Kenya.

Now, let’s take a moment to appreciate the power of satellite Internet connections. They have the potential to revolutionize the way we connect to the world, especially in areas that have been left in the digital dark ages. No more worrying about poor coverage, especially in rural parts of our beautiful country. With satellite Internet, we’ll be soaring through cyberspace like never before!

Safaricom is teaming up with AST SpaceMobile, the rival of Starlink, to provide this out-of-this-world service. And guess who’s in the mix? None other than Vodafone Group Plc, Safaricom’s ultimate parent firm! They’re going all-in to bring us this cutting-edge technology. How cool is that?

According to the latest annual report from Vodacom Group Limited, AST SpaceMobile’s BlueWalker 3 satellite has already undergone basic functionality testing in 2022. That’s right; they’re making sure everything is primed for success before launching the grand trial in the second quarter of 2023, right here in Kenya! Our country is becoming a hotbed for space-based innovation!

Starlink is also in the mix, with plans to roll out their satellite-based services in the last quarter. It’s like a high-speed race to see who can deliver the best satellite Internet experience to us Kenyans!

AST SpaceMobile, based in the Lone Star State of Texas is building the world’s first space-based mobile broadband network. Can you believe it? Mobile broadband in space! Imagine browsing, streaming, and chatting with friends using your standard mobile phone, all thanks to satellites up above.

Now, I know you might be wondering how this satellite magic works. Well, AST SpaceMobile is creating a constellation of satellites, forming a space-based cellular broadband network. It’s like having a galaxy of satellites up there, making sure you have Internet access even in areas with coverage gaps. No more searching for a Wi-Fi hotspot; the stars are guiding the way!

And guess what? Safaricom and other Vodafone affiliates are joining forces with AST SpaceMobile in a 50/50 partnership. It’s all about teamwork and collaboration to ensure the success of this out-of-this-world venture.


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