In a strategic move that signals a new era of digital advancement, Kenyan President William Ruto has forged a collaboration with Elon Musk’s Starlink Company. This dynamic partnership is geared towards driving the nation’s economy, creating employment opportunities, and most importantly, bridging the long-standing digital divide that has impeded progress. The historic meeting on Tuesday, August 15 between President Ruto and Karibu Connect, a Starlink-authorized partner company in Kenya, has ignited the sparks of transformation.
At the heart of President Ruto’s masterplan is the ambitious Digital Super Highway, a vision that seeks to empower every corner of the nation with the transformative potential of the Internet. The meeting, held at the picturesque Eldoret Estate Lodge in Uasin Gishu County, underscored President Ruto’s commitment to extending this digital vision throughout Kenya. With a resolute focus on emerging technologies, including satellite connectivity, the President aims to catapult economic growth through innovative digital avenues.
The outcome of this meeting holds immense significance. President Ruto’s invitation to investors and partners opens doors for high-speed internet access to proliferate across the nation. A pivotal move in this direction was the lifting of the 30 percent cap on local ownership, creating an environment ripe for increased investment from domestic technology companies. This strategic decision, it’s believed, will not only foster innovation but also generate employment opportunities and revolutionize Kenya’s digital landscape.
“In addition to fibre connectivity, new emerging connectivity solutions such as satellite will be considered,” stated President Ruto, drawing attention to the prowess of Elon Musk’s Starlink.
Starlink’s debut in the Kenyan market earlier this year marked a watershed moment in the nation’s digital journey. Elon Musk, the visionary billionaire, emphasized that Starlink’s internet connectivity would reach all corners of the country, including the remotest areas.
The architecture of Starlink’s network is designed to cater to various sectors, including residential, commercial, roaming, maritime, and aviation. The residential home package, priced at USD 45.69 (approximately KES 6,500) per month along with an additional USD 21.69 (about KES 3,100) shipping fee, promises reliable internet connectivity to households. For businesses, Starlink offers a range of impressive packages starting from the 1 Terabyte (TB) business package with priority data, followed by unlimited standard data, priced at USD 95.40 (around KES 13,572). The next tier is valued at USD 190.81 (approximately KES 27,144).
The roaming package introduces three distinct services: mobile (regional), mobile (global), and mobile priority 50-GB data. Users can opt for the regional package at USD 55.53 (approximately KES 7,900) per month or choose the international package priced at USD 230.57 (about KES 32,800) per month.
This strategic collaboration is set to empower Kenyans to seize the digital age with both hands, fostering economic growth and inclusivity. President Ruto’s vision is all about ensuring that every Kenyan becomes a partaker in the digital transformation, embracing innovation, opportunity, and progress. As the stars align for this historic partnership, Kenya’s digital superhighway is well on its way to becoming a reality.