According to a latest survey by Ookla the Global Broadband Speed Test, Starlink satellite service was faster than all fixed broadband providers in Rwanda.
In Rwanda, Speedtest Intelligence showed that Starlink had a faster median download speed at 63.10 Mbps in Q2 2023 compared to the aggregate of all fixed broadband providers combined at 34.55 Mbps.
Starlink trailed behind for median upload speed at 6.88 Mbps to 10.05 Mbps for fixed broadband providers during Q2 2023.
Multi-server latency for Starlink was much higher at 320.45 ms to 29.04 ms for fixed broadband providers during the same time period.
The Survey also showed that in Nigeria, Starlink had a faster median download speed at 63.69 Mbps compared to 15.60 for all aggregate fixed broadband providers combined.
Upload speeds were more similar during the same period, with Starlink at 13.72 Mbps and the aggregate of all fixed broadband providers combined at 10.60 Mbps.
Starlink did have a marginally higher multi-server latency at 55.88 ms to 50.26 ms during Q2 2023.
Despite the promising signs, it’s not been easy for Nigerians to purchase the device and pay for the monthly service fee due to the expensive cost and the country’s ban on international transactions with domestic cards.
In June this year, Umar Danbatta, the executive vice chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communication Commission ( NCC), said the commission is having deep engagement with Starlink to reduce the cost of its service in the country.
According to him, making the service affordable will help close the country’s connectivity gap and make internet connections accessible to rural and underserved areas.
Starlink, first launched on the African continent in Nigeria this past January while, in February Starlink formerly rolled in Rwanda.
Later on June 5, Rwandan Ministry of ICT announced the deployment of Starlink internet in 50 schools, ensuring access to online learning possibilities and improved learning results for nearly 18,000 pupils.
According to the ministry, the project is a big step in closing the digital gap and providing universal internet connection in schools, particularly in hard-to-reach locations.
The integration of Starlink internet aligns with the vision of Rwanda’s ICT Ministry to advance educational opportunities through technology.
By leveraging the power of connectivity, the ministry aims to create an inclusive and technology-driven learning environment.
The integration of Starlink internet in schools unlocks vast opportunities for collaboration, research, and innovation.
It paves the way for enhanced communication, digital skills development, and access to global educational resources, ultimately contributing to the holistic growth and development of Rwandan students.