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Starlink service: Here are the 6 things you need to know about the fast internet provider



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It is no surprise that Starlink was one of the major searches on Google recently. In Nigeria, it trended for some time and continually made it to media conversations and discussions.

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One recurring theme is the evolution it has brought for internet service and the impending competition it may arouse in the market of service providers.

Starlink internet is changing the face of broadband internet as we know it. Fibre optics used to be the fastest internet broadband, but the story is gradually changing.

Starlink in Nigeria/Elon Musk
The speed of Starlink varies in Nigeria. Photo source: Marlena Sloss, Nina Lyashonok/ Ukrinform/Future Publishing

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Like human‌ evolution, internet service has had its transitions. Before EDGE, there was GPRS. After EDGE, 3G came. Now we have 4G and the recent 5G. At every point, there was a paradigm shift in how we use the internet. Streaming and gaming are now possible. With Starlink, the opportunity to explore the world could be unimaginably different for journalists, teachers, business owners, and every other professional who relies on an internet connection. At least, that is what Elon Musk, the founder promised.

1. The Starlink Internet Service

Starlink is a satellite internet service provider operated by Elon Musk’s SpaceX that provides satellite internet access. The company has existed since 2016 but was officially launched in 2018 to begin operations. Similar to the existing service providers in Nigeria MTN, Glo, 9-mobile, Airtel, and Starlink will also be set up to sell internet access to Nigerians.

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Nevertheless, while people in urban areas have been the major internet users and, as such, the main target customers, Starlink says it will target those in rural areas and individuals in locations where internet access has been inconsistent.

“Starlink is ideally suited for areas of the globe where connectivity has typically been a challenge,” the Starlink website reads. “Unbounded by traditional ground infrastructure, Starlink can deliver high-speed broadband internet to locations where access has been unreliable or completely unavailable,” the company’s website outlines.

2. Starlink service reliability

According to the company, users can expect to see data speeds vary from 50 to 150 megabits per second and latency from 20 to 40 milliseconds in most locations over the next several months.

Mr Musk tweeted that the service speed will be up to 300Mbs by the end of this year, 2022. This is more than twice the internet speed most Nigerians currently access.

According to testimonials issued by CNET’s John Kim, who has tested the Starlink Service at different locations, “the averaged download speeds around 78Mbps, and latency around 36ms.”

Nonetheless, the company has theoretically explained that the service can delimit over 150Mbps internet speeds in any location where the user is under a clear view of the sky.

Already, some Nigerians are patronising the service; while its popularity is not up to the bare minimum, there seem to be a lot of misconceptions and exaggerations about what the service can provide and the price. A report by Nairametrics months ago claimed the price was slashed, while another Twitter user (@UnkleAyo) said Starlink only gives 20MBPS speed.

In light of those and in anticipation of further misinformation, DUBAWA looks at some major things Nigerians need to know about Starlink’s internet services.

3. An obstruction could be a problem

To get a user experience of the Starlink hardware and how it could be set up, DUBAWA spoke to Aanuoluwapo James who currently using the Starlink service in Abeokuta. According to him, an obstruction of the small dish with the package could be a big problem. After his first installation, he only got 65Mbps speed with the dish placed inside. As he took it to the roof, it bumped up to 160Mbps out of the 200Mbps it was promised to offer. This could be a problem in raining season since the antenna has to be placed outside for maximum and effective service delivery.

Starlink speed/low and high speed.
Mr James said he had a low speed on first installation.

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4. Service location problem for Starlink users in Nigeria

Setting up the hardware at home should have been a plug-and-play process. However, Mr Aanu had a rather tougher experience mounting the service kit. During installation, he had to hunt for a Reddit group that taught him how to get the coordinates to set it up.

“Though the set-up should be easy, I didn’t know that the satellite location must match where you are. I had difficulty with my GPS knowing the exact place to input as in coordinates. While filling out my order form, I just filled in Nigeria as my service location, not knowing I needed to put my exact location.”

On how he solved the situation, he said he had to visit Reddit, a social media forum, to find answers and directions.

“After spending hours on it, I found answers on the Reddit forum where I got how to get my exact coordinates through Google Maps. Immediately, the coordinates were imputed, and my Starlink came online.”

Starlink speed with Mr James
He found it hard initial at the initial stage.

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5. Paying for Starlink

Recently, Starlink partnered with PayDay and Barter as some of its official payment channels in Nigeria. When Mr James was ordering the hardware, he revealed that though the price ($600) was stated in naira on the website, his payment was done in dollars. Starlink’s website has N268,584.00 as the hardware price but spelt out that the official rate did its calculation.

This is against the misleading information by Nairametrics stating that Starlink slashed its price from $600 to the naira price on the website. See screenshots below:

Starlink speed
The price of Starlink may be affected by FX. Photo source: Starlink

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Starlink Speed
The price of Starlink in naira may vary. Photo source: Starlink

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In that light, paying for Starlink could be a lot higher than you would be charged based on the black market rate of any of the partner channels charges. Using PayCash, Mr James bought a dollar at the rate of N762/$1. Also, users’ prices could differ slightly as dollar-to-naira rates fluctuate.

6. Download speed

There have been many arguments online regarding the download speed of Starlink, a Twitter thread shows that people have different speeds based on their locations. Based on Mr James’ experience, the streaming of 4k content on his smart TV has been without buffering. He admitted that the download/upload speed is relatively slow, which may suggest a bad latency rate. That could be bad for gamers. Latency speed calculates the time it takes for data to be sent from your device to a server you interact with. This is, however, different from a Twitter user’s inaccurate post that said Starlink users have 20MBPS download speed without specifying if it was; he was talking about the upload download speed.

Starlink speed varies.
The speed of Starlink may vary due to weather. Photo source: @UnkleAyo

Source: Twitter


The accessibility to satellite internet Starlink has open to people would be definitive in every stratum of human endeavour. Equipping people with basic knowledge about the service is synonymous with the literacy attempts that went into preparing people for the use of mobile phones in the early 2000s.


The researcher produced this media literacy article per the Dubawa 2023 Kwame KariKari Fellowship in partnership with to facilitate the ethos of “truth” in journalism and enhance media literacy in the country.


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Popular Nigerian pastor sentenced to death by hanging; here is his offence



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Court Sentences Nigerian Pastor to Death by Hanging 6 Years after Killing Choir Mistress, 2 Others

  • A Nigerian pastor, Chidiebere Okoroafor, has been sentenced to death by hanging for multiple murders in Rivers state
  • Okoroafor was convicted for killing his choir mistress, Orlunma Nwagba, her friend, Chigozie Ezenwa, and her 11 months-old baby girl, Cresabel, in 2017
  • The clergyman had allegedly impregnated the choir mistress before he killed her in Oyigbo local government area of Rivers state

Port Harcourt, Rivers state – The General Overseer of the Altar of Solution and Healing Assembly, in Oyigbo, Rivers state, Chidiebere Okoroafor, has been sentenced to death by hanging for multiple murders.

According to The Punch, Okoroafor was standing trial over the death of his choir mistress, Orlunma Nwagba, whom he allegedly impregnated, and the killing of Orlunma’s friend, Chigozie Ezenwa, and her 11 months-old baby girl, Cresabel, on December 11, 2017.

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Rivers pastor Chidiebere Okoroafor has been sentenced to death for multiple murders. Photo Credit: Ololade Olabanji Olamide Osanyintuyi

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In his judgement, Justice, S.O Benson of the High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, ordered that Okoroafor should be killed by hanging him on his neck until he is dead or should be injected with a lethal injection which also kills faster.

According to the trial judge, the evidence and confessional statements from the pastor showed that he committed the crime.

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How Okoroafor killed his choir mistress

The choir mistress, Orlunma Nwagba, was said to have visited the pastor’s house in Oyigbo for a discussion over the alleged pregnancy when he tricked them into a bush and allegedly committed the act in two different locations.

Pastor Okoroafor was arrested on December 17, 2017, by the operatives of the Rivers state police Command following an alarm raised by Chigozie’s husband over the killing of three people in two different locations in Oyigbo LGA.

EFCC arraigns Nigerian pastor over alleged fraud in Enugu

In another development, had reported that a Nigerian clergyman, Apostle Uchechukwu Samuel, has been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged fraud.

Apostle Uchechukwu was reportedly arraigned on Tuesday, May 23, before Justice H.O. Eya of an Enugu high court on a seven-count charge of stealing, conspiracy, and obtaining money by false pretence.


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Check out adorable video of Regina Daniels’ son acting as she directs him on what to do



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“Incoming Actor”: Cute Video of Regina Daniels’ Son Showing Off Acting Skills As Mum Directs Him, Fans Gush

  • Popular Nigerian actress, Regina Daniels, has shared a cute video of her first son, Munir, acting on social media
  • In the video, the two-year-old was seen following his mother’s instructions as she directed him on what roles to act out
  • The video soon raised a series of interesting comments from netizens after it was posted online

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Nollywood actress Regina Daniels appears to already be training her first son, Munir Nwoko, to become an actor.

In a video posted on Munir’s official Instagram page, the young boy was seen making faces as his mother instructed him.

The Nigerian movie star was heard in the background telling her son what type of facial expressions to make and the little boy obeyed her directives.

Regina Daniels' son Munir acting.
Fans react to video of Regina Daniels’ son Munir acting. Photos: @princemunirnwoko

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Munir seemed to enjoy role acting with his mother as the two-year-old had a big smile on his face.

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See the adorable video below:

Fans gush over cute video of Regina Daniels’ son showing off acting skills

Shortly after the video of Regina Daniels’ son, Munir, acting was posted online, a number of netizens took to his comment section to react. Read some comments below:


“God wen , my ovaries ❤️❤️”


“Happy boy”


“Incoming actor…… He does not even know how to frown ……. Such a happy baby”


“So sweet. He will be a good actor.”


“Lol,he is so funny”


“Moon is very cute dude”


“His a big boy”


“His so smart ”


“Omo you can’t help but love this boy, except your own hate on people is from the village. May the Lord keep protecting him in wisdom and health. You’re blessed Gina.”

Regina Daniels plans huge one-year-old birthday party for 2nd son

Regina Daniels’ second son, Khalifa Nwoko, is getting set to clock one year old.

Taking to her official Instagram page, the movie star shared a cute photo of her son and accompanied it with a caption where she gushed over him.

According to Regina, Khalifa will be turning one in the month of June. Not stopping there, she added that he was the calmest kid ever.


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BREAKING: Atiku, Obi’s cases against Tinubu threatened as judicial workers declare strike



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BREAKING: Atiku, Obi's Cases Against Tinubu Suffer Setback As Judicial Workers Declare Strike, Gives Reason

  • The judiciary workers have announced that they would commence industrial action from Wednesday, against the removal of the fuel subsidy
  • The workers under the umbrella of JUSUN cited the resolution of the NLC NEC meeting while asking its zonal leaders to mobilize members to comply with the directive
  • JUSUN going on strike means that the petitions filed by Atiku Abubakar of the PDP and Peter Obi of the Labour Party will suffer some setbacks as the hearing would be suspended

FCT, Abuja – Members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) have declared an industrial action against the fuel subsidy removal by the federal government.

Following the announcement by President Bola Tinubu on his inaugural day that “subsidy is gone”, the price of fuel has doubled in the last week, Daily Trust reported.

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Atiku, Obi’s suits against Tinubu suffer setbacks as JUSUN declares strike Photo Credit: Atiku Abubakar, Peter Obi, Bola Tinubu

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NNPC Price of petrol in Nigeria after Tinubu removes fuel subsidy

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL) subsequently ordered its retail stations to increase the price of fuel per litre from N197 to between N488 and N570.

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In its reaction, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) declared a nationwide strike, scheduled to commence on Wednesday, June 7.

M.J. Akwashiki, the general secretary to JUSUN, in a statement on Monday, asked all the states’ chapters and branches to embark on nationwide mobilization as well as withdraw their services from Wednesday.

Why judiciary workers declare strike against fuel subsidy

Akwashiki in his statement cited the resolution of the NLC national executive council (NEC) at her meeting on June 2 over the skyrocketing price of the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) by the Federal Government through the NNPCL.

The statement reads in part:

“All zonal vice presidents are to coordinate their zones by ensuring that branch and chapters chairmen mobilise their members for a total compliance.”

How fuel subsidy removal will affect the PEPC hearing of PDP Atiku and Obi Labour Party suits against Tinubu

President Bola Tinubu’s team had met with the Labour union to ration alternatives and palliative for the workers but the NLC suspended further discussion with the government until it reversed its decision on the removal of the fuel subsidy.

The JUSUN strike will put on hold the hearing of the Presidential Election Petition Court where Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and his counterpart in the Labour Party, Peter Obi, are challenging the 2023 election produced Tinubu as the president.

Bola Tinubu: Industrial court verdict, 4 other reasons NLC strike may fail

President Bola Tinubu from his inauguration day hit the ground running when he declared that the “fuel subsidy is gone”.

The announcement has put the country in an uneasy corner as fuel marketers have immediately increased the price of the commodity and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is already planning to embark on a strike scheduled for Wednesday, June 7.


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