Nigeria has entered discussions with Elon Musk's Starlink to develop initiatives that would generate employment within the country, focusing on local maintenance and manufacturing of Starlink's hardware. 

These talks occurred during the International Telecommunication Union-World Radio Communication Conference held in Dubai. The Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, Dr Bosun Tijani, confirmed the discussions, highlighting the potential for Starlink to create certified installer programs locally and collaborate with Nigerian hardware startups for producing Starlink's repeater boxes domestically. The minister emphasized the intention to foster technological investments in Nigeria's tech ecosystem.


During the discussions, Ryan Goodnight, Senior Director of Global Licensing & Activation at SpaceX, acknowledged Nigeria as Starlink's prominent market in Africa. The conversation revolved around expanding Starlink's reach to underserved areas and enhancing connectivity in Nigeria.


Elon Musk's Starlink debuted in Nigeria in January 2023, promising improved internet connectivity and lower latency in regions with limited or unreliable access. Notably, Starlink Nigeria slashed its hardware prices by 21% in October, reducing the cost of their equipment to N299,500 from the previous rate of N378,000, while maintaining the monthly subscription fee at N38,000.