Billionaire Elon Musk's satellite-based internet venture, Starlink, has started in Rwanda using inter-satellite links commonly known as space lasers, officials have confirmed. As earlier reported, the high-speed internet service was to be officially launched in the country on Wednesday, February 22, according to the Ministry of ICT and Innovation. ALSO READ: Elon Musk’s Starlink to enter Rwandan market on February 22 Information obtained by The New Times indicates that the service will initially offer no contracts, but will, instead, offer a 90-day trial. “You can expect Starlink’s typical high speed, low-latency service intermixed with brief periods of poor connectivity. However, this will improve dramatically over time,” said an official from the Ministry of ICT and Innovation. The service is set to cost Rwf48,000 per month while a customer is initially expected to pay Rwf572,000 for hardware, bringing the total cost of the package to roughly over Rwf600,000. ALSO READ: Starlink internet to be piloted in 500 schools The hardware consists of a dish, router, power supply and cable which a customer will only be required to acquire once. A reliable source told The New Times that the monthly fee was “more than halved” compared to the existing rates. “Starlink sets its own price compared to the area it is availing its services,” the source highlighted. Rwanda will be the first country in the region to offer Starlink's services, which are provided through advanced low-orbit satellites, making its internet even faster. ALSO READ: Seven things you should know about Starlink high-speed internet in Rwanda The service is available in more than 30 countries, mainly in North America and Europe. Starlink has deployed more than 2,000 satellites and plans to launch thousands more. The company offers high-speed, low-latency satellite internet service with download speeds between 100 megabits per second and 200 Mbps, the regulator said. The Global Innovation Index (GII) report released by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) recently ranked Rwanda as the leading low-income country in Sub-Saharan Africa with the fastest broadband speed. In Sub-Saharan Africa, Rwanda performs above the regional average in three pillars; institutions, human capital and research, and infrastructure. ALSO READ: How will Rwandans benefit from Starlink? Once operational, Starlink is expected to cover unserved or underserved villages in urban and suburban areas as well as rural areas, a move that could potentially boost the country’s internet penetration. The Ministry of ICT and Innovation announced that schools are among Rwandan institutions given priority to benefit from the satellite-based internet. The initial plan, officials pointed out, is to pilot it in at least 500 schools.