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Reading: Sierra Leonean EXPLAINER: How Starlink internet works

Sierra Leonean EXPLAINER: How Starlink internet works

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Starlink is a satellite internet service developed by SpaceX, which can provide high-speed internet access to users in remote and rural areas where traditional broadband services are not available or are unreliable. This technology can be beneficial for Sierra Leoneans living in rural areas where internet access is limited.

Starlink works by using a network of low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites that orbit the earth at an altitude of around 550 kilometers. These satellites communicate with ground-based terminals, which are installed on users’ properties and connect to their devices. Sierra Leoneans can sign up for Starlink by purchasing a kit that includes a satellite dish, a router, and other necessary equipment.

One of the main advantages of Starlink is its ability to provide internet access to areas that are difficult to reach with traditional broadband services. This can be particularly useful for Sierra Leoneans living in remote areas where internet access is limited. Additionally, Starlink is designed to be more reliable than traditional broadband, as it is not affected by issues such as cable damage or weather-related disruptions.

However, as the number of Starlink users increases, there have been concerns about congestion issues and the potential impact on speeds. To address these concerns, SpaceX has promised to launch more Starlink satellites in orbit to alleviate congestion problems and improve the overall user experience.

In conclusion, Starlink can be a game-changer for Sierra Leoneans living in remote areas where internet access is limited. It can provide high-speed and reliable internet access, which can help bridge the digital divide and improve access to information and communication.

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Sallu Kamuskay is a Sierra Leonean activist, storyteller, and blogger. He was born in Sierra Leone but later relocated to Guinea as a refugee because of the war in his country. Sallu Kamuskay uses his phone to engage on social media, under the name ‘’Salone Messenger’. He Co-Founded the Salone Messenger platform after his experience of the war, Ebola, and injustices. According to him, silence was the root cause of war, and of many social injustices, we continue to face as a nation. In 2013, during the Ebola crisis, Sallu Kamuskay took the risk and volunteered to fight Ebola. He spent some months in both safe and unsafe places; helping the victims and telling their sad stories. The election in 2018, left a divided country with communities fighting on tribal lines. This inspired Sallu Kamuskay to serve as the coordinator of the United Sierra Leone peace concert, which was organized in 4 major parts of the country, targeting violent communities and troubled youth. Sallu Kamuskay led a group of entertainers, activists, and organizations across the country on a peace tour, a program supported by the European Union, United Sierra Leone, Africa Union, ECOWAS, and the Messeh Leone Trust. Sallu Kamuakay has also served as a staff writer for the Hidden Voices Magazine. Over the years, Sallu Kamuskay has been using his Techno phone to be able to tell stories, the phone he used to tell the story of Gbessay during Ebola who was admitted at one of the Ebola treatment centers after rumors that she had Ebola when the actual sickness was ulcer, she was almost abandoned at the treatment canter with no medication provided to her. She could have died. Sallu told the story via social media and was able to secure funding from the United Sierra Leone to buy her medication and advocated for her. She was later discharged and taken home, He did the same to a patient that died and was abandoned in the street, Sallu Kamuskay used his phone and shared the message across, the corps was later taken and buried. It could have been more disaster without his voice. The story of late America Stress 3-year-old daughter. The hero’s daughter was abandon after his father's death. He shared her sad story and was able to get a sister who has taken the child as her own and is currently providing her with educational support. The article of America Stress can be read on the link below Sallu Kamuskay feels the stories of Gbessay, America stress and that of many others need to be told. The media house we have cannot better tell these stories, they are better reporters than telling human interest stories. He created the Salone Messenger platform and brought together passionate storytellers to be able to tell these compelling stories.
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