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Gov’t ने Indians को Starlink Internet Services subscribe ना करने के लिए कहा
Starlink, the satellite internet arm of Elon Musk’s SpaceX
Starlink has opened pre-bookings for its internet services in India with a deposit, and received decent response in the country
The company is exploring prospects of collaborating with telecom companies in India to expand broadband services in the country with a focus on rural areas.
The company intends to operate at least two lakh of its devices in India, 1.6 lakh of which will be rural communities.
Starlink claims to have received more than 5,000 pre-orders from India (till 1st week of November).
The company is charging a deposit of $99 or ₹7,350 per customer and claims to deliver data speeds in the range of 50-150 Mbps in the beta stage.
Once more Starlink satellites are deployed in the low-earth orbit, the speeds are expected to touch Gbps levels.
According to the Starlink website, its satellite broadband services are being targeted for launch in India next year, although availability is subject to “regulatory approvals” and would be fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Elon Musk-owned SpaceX has been barred from accepting pre-orders for its upcoming satellite broadband services in India
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has pointed out that Starlink Internet Services is not licensed to offer satellite-based internet services in India being advertised to the public.
The government, (accordingly), has asked the company to comply with the Indian regulatory framework for rendering satellite-based communication services and refrain from booking/rendering such services in India with immediate effect
Starlink’s India head Sanjay Bhargava had even encouraged potential customers to get added to the company’s priority list by depositing $99 to avoid being waitlisted.
The government directive comes at a time when the likes of Bharti-backed OneWeb, Musk’s SpaceX, Jeff Bezos-founded Amazon and the Tata-Telesat combine are readying to enter India’s nascent broadband-from-space segment, leveraging on their respective global low-earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellations.