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How does it compare to VSAT in Zimbabwe?

Starlink is another satellite-based internet service provider just like Zodsat, Utande, and Telco. The only difference is that all VSAT providers in Zimbabwe are using a 3rd party satellite provider, predominantly Eutelsat and Avanti.

Starlink on the other hand is actually launching its own satellites into space which in essence means they are involved in the process end to end. 


You can get 50 to 250Mbps on Starlink Internet and Starlink RV (Mobile home) and 150 to 500Mbps on Starlink Business with all 3 variants having unlimited internet. The fastest VSAT speed you can get from Zimbabwean providers is 25Mbps with upload speeds going as high as 6Mbps.

Monthly package costs

Starlink Internet is US$110 per month, Starlink RV is US$135 per month and Starlink Business is US$500 per month.

Highest-spec VSAT packages available in Zimbabwe:

  • Utande’s 120GB package is US$363;
  • Liquid Home’s Unlimited package is US$554;
  • TelOne’s Unlimited package (650GB) is US$600;
  • Zodsat’s Unlimited package is US$455. 

Setup cost

It’s US$599 for Starlink Internet and Starlink RV and US$2 500 for Starlink Business, excluding shipping and duty. 

  • Utande – US$183 (Equipment hire) US$487 (US$350 equipment only)
  • Liquid Home – US$1440
  • Telco – US$700 (US$600 equipment only)
  • TelOne – US$580 to US$1360
  • Zodsat – US$450

When will Starlink be available in Africa?

2023 2024 Unconfirmed launch window
Angola (Q2) Botswana Algeria
Benin Burkina Faso Chad
Burundi Cameroon Central African Republic
Congo Cape Verde Djibouti
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Comoros Eritrea
eSwatini Egypt Ethiopia
Gabon Gambia Equatorial Guinea
Kenya (Q2) Ghana Guinea
Malawi Guinea-Bissau Lesotho
Mauritania Ivory Coast Libya
Mauritius Liberia Madagascar
Morocco Namibia Mali
Mozambique (Q2) São Tomé and Príncipe Niger
Nigeria Tunisia Sierra Leone
Rwanda Uganda Somalia
Senegal South Africa
Seychelles South Sudan
Somaliland Sudan
Western Sahara
Zambia (Q2)

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