Karibu Connect, a provider of internet connectivity solutions in East Africa, has announced a landmark partnership with Starlink, the satellite internet service operated by American aerospace company SpaceX.
The partnership will enable Karibu Connect to offer high-speed, low-latency internet access to rural areas of Kenya, where traditional internet infrastructure is lacking or unreliable.
Starlink uses a constellation of low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites to provide broadband connectivity that supports services not possible with traditional satellite technology. With over 1.5 million subscribers worldwide, Starlink is transforming the global internet connectivity landscape.
Karibu Connect will extend Starlink’s enterprise services to various sectors in rural Kenya, including small businesses, industry, telecommunications, education, tourism & hospitality, maritime, and government organizations. The company will also offer turnkey connectivity solutions, such as managed Wi-Fi, cybersecurity, professional installation, hardware leasing, and online portal for monitoring and management.
John Thuo, CEO of Karibu Connect, said that the partnership with Starlink is a significant step in the company’s mission to eliminate the digital divide and enhance the connectivity infrastructure across the country.
“The deployment of Starlink’s groundbreaking technology will revolutionize how rural Kenya engages with the global community, fostering societal progress and driving economic growth,” he said.
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.