Is this the return of the prodigal son?
Elon Musk has become the world''s most powerful CEO, but he is undoubtedly the one most closely connected to an innovative, revolutionary, atypical, and anti-system. Despite his origins in South Africa, the billionaire is thought to be based in the midst of the racist apartheid system.
As his popularity rises, millions of supporters are begging him to run for president in 2024. It''s probably because he knows he is ineligible. He wasn''t born in the United States.
Musk explains very rarely about Africa. During the New York Times'' long article describing his past in South Africa, Maye Musk was the newspaper''s principal critic.
According to the Times, Musk, 50, was splintered up "in elite, segregated white communities," littered with anti-Black government propaganda and alienated from the atrocities committed by white politicians.
Musk moved to Canada after graduating from high school, where his mother was born.
Starlink to Africa Soon
Africa has watched Tesla''s success from afar, feeling like a hostile family, because so far Musk has made no effort on the continent.
The day is on, however, going.
Musk has just promised Africa a key component of his empire: Starlink, which is his desire to sell internet connections with SpaceX.
The first step was accomplished by a tweet from the tech genius, claiming the value of Starlink.
On May 22, Musk posted on the social network, "Starlink is now available for RVs, campers, and other large vehicle users.
"Any suggestions for Africa?" a Twitter user asked the billionaire.
"Yes, the first African countries will be announced in the near future," Musk said, without giving any additional details.
Starlink will serve anywhere on Earth that was legally permitted to serve, according to him.
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Starlink might be beneficial in providing high-speed internet to remote areas of Africa, where connectivity is still a concern.
The first for a Musk project in Africa, triggered a slew of social media comments. Some users speculate about which African country will be the first to use Starlink services.
"I hope Nigeria will be the first on the list," one user said.
"Do you have a $100 fee to pay a monthly monthly fee," one user said.
"There are people who pay more for far more costly internet." Starlink will easily get more than 1 million users if they are introduced in Nigeria, according to another user.
Starlink is a SpaceX satellite internet network.
This is the first consumer product from SpaceX, which is high-speed internet powered by a network of tens of thousands of small low-orbit satellites.
Residents of areas that are not properly equipped with fixed and mobile networks by telecom operators have access to the internet. Thousands of small satellites are circulating in low orbit, mostly 342 miles (550 km) above Earth.
Starlink Keeps Expanding
SpaceX a second set of 50 Starlink satellites is intended to provide internet connections to customers worldwide without bypassing terrestrial infrastructures.
SpaceX has already launched more than 2,400 Starlink satellites, with an estimated audience of 12,000.
The service is currently available in 32 countries, mainly in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.
Starlink''s past few months have been wreaking havoc.
After Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, the service became a key communication tool in Ukraine.
After the Russian army destroyed its communication infrastructure, Musk, who favored Ukraine over Russia, sent Starlink terminals to enable the country to stay connected to the rest of the world.
Starlink terminals have been provided by Musk and his company to remote and isolated villages recently affected Tonga, in the southern Pacific Ocean.
Musk stated on May 20, that Starlink would connect 19,000 schools in rural areas in Brazil once SpaceX was approved to operate in the country, with rights continuing until 2027.
"It''s super excited to be able to participate in Starlink in Brazil for 19,000 unconnected schools in rural areas and environmental monitoring of Amazon," Musk said of his 94.8 million followers.
Musk''s intention is to transform SpaceX, his rocket and space technology division, into a company capable of transporting people to the moon and Mars. Starlink''s profitability is based on Musk''s desire to transform SpaceX into a space transportation company.
The standard antenna cost $549, plus $110 per month for the service.
In February, the company launched a faster Starlink Premium program. Hardware costs $2,500, plus $50 shipping and handling costs, with a monthly subscription fee of $500.