Karibu Connect, a provider of internet connectivity solutions in East Africa, today announced that it has been appointed as the first authorized reseller of Starlink in Kenya. This marks a significant step in the company’s mission to eliminate the digital divide and enhance the connectivity infrastructure across the country.
Starlink, operated by American aerospace company SpaceX, offers a revolutionary satellite internet service that uses a constellation of low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites. Unlike traditional satellite internet, Starlink provides high-speed, low latency connectivity, supporting services not possible with traditional satellite technology. With a global customer base exceeding 1.5 million subscribers, Starlink is at the forefront of transforming the global internet connectivity landscape.
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 is offering 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.
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.”
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.