Karibu Connect Brings Starlink Satellite Internet to Kenya

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If you live or work in rural Kenya, you know how challenging it can be to access reliable and affordable internet connectivity. Poor infrastructure, high costs, and limited coverage are some of the barriers that prevent many Kenyans from enjoying the benefits of the digital world. But that is about to change, thanks to a new partnership between Karibu Connect, a provider of internet connectivity solutions in East Africa, and Starlink, a revolutionary satellite internet service operated by American aerospace company SpaceX.

Karibu Connect announced today that it has been appointed as the first authorized reseller of Starlink in Kenya, marking a significant step in the company’s mission to eliminate the digital divide and enhance the connectivity infrastructure across the country.

What is Starlink?

Starlink is a satellite internet service that uses a constellation of low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites to provide high-speed, low-latency connectivity. Unlike traditional satellite internet, which relies on geostationary satellites that orbit at 36,000 km above the Earth, Starlink satellites orbit at only 550 km, reducing the signal delay and enabling services not possible with traditional satellite technology.

Starlink is at the forefront of transforming the global internet connectivity landscape, with a global customer base exceeding 1.5 million subscribers. Starlink aims to eventually deploy tens of thousands of satellites to provide near-global coverage and deliver fast and consistent internet access to anyone, anywhere.

How will Karibu Connect bring Starlink to Kenya?

Karibu Connect will extend Starlink’s high-speed, low-latency connectivity to diverse sectors in rural Kenya, including small businesses, industry, telecommunications, multi-dwelling units, education, tourism & hospitality, maritime, and government organizations.

Karibu Connect will offer Starlink enterprise services for both fixed and mobile applications, including vehicle-mounted solutions for use on the go or on boats and ships operating both inland and offshore.

Karibu Connect distinguishes itself by offering an encompassing suite of turnkey connectivity solutions. These include managed Wi-Fi, cybersecurity, and professional installation services. The company has also designed flexible hardware leasing plans to make Starlink connectivity accessible to businesses of all sizes.

Backed by an in-country support team offering 24/7 assistance, Karibu Connect also provides an online portal for seamless monitoring and management of all aspects of Starlink services. Tailored solutions for public Wi-Fi hotspots and 4G/5G backhaul will also be available.

Why is this partnership important for Kenya?

John Thuo, CEO of Karibu Connect, spoke on the significance of this collaboration for Kenya, stating, “Our partnership with Starlink is a substantial progression in our mission to deliver affordable, high-quality internet access to all corners of Kenya. The deployment of Starlink’s groundbreaking technology will revolutionize how rural Kenya engages with the global community, fostering societal progress and driving economic growth.”

By bringing Starlink to Kenya, Karibu Connect will enable rural Kenyans to access online services such as e-commerce, e-learning, e-health, e-government, and more. This will create new opportunities for innovation, entrepreneurship, education, and social development. It will also enhance the competitiveness and productivity of rural businesses and industries by enabling them to leverage cloud computing, video conferencing, online collaboration tools, and other digital solutions.

Starlink hardware and services are available immediately for qualified customers throughout Kenya with competitive pricing and support for local payments in Kenyan Shillings including electronic payment methods like M-Pesa. For more information about Karibu Connect’s offerings, visit the company’s website.

Karibu Connect is more than just a reseller of Starlink. It is a partner in bridging the digital divide and empowering rural Kenya with fast and reliable internet connectivity. Join us today and experience the difference that Starlink can make for you.

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