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Elon Musk’s satellite internet Starlink may get approval in India, company will apply for license

Starlink, the satellite internet division of Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX, will apply for a commercial license to provide broadband and other services in India early next year, its country head said on Friday.

Elon Musk’s satellite internet Starlink may get approval in India, company will apply for license

Elon Musk Starlink Satellite India: Starlink, the satellite internet division of billionaire Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX, will apply early next year for a commercial license to provide broadband and other services in India, its country head said on Friday. said. “We expect to have applied for the commercial license on or before January 31, 2022,” Sanjay Bhargava, India’s Starlink country director at SpaceX, said in a LinkedIn post.

If the company can start its services by April, it aims to have 200,000 Starlink devices in India by December 2022, said a presentation posted by Bhargava. The company had earlier said that it expects 80 percent of these devices to be in rural areas. Starlink is one of a growing number of companies launching small satellites as part of the Low Earth Orbit Network to provide low-latency broadband Internet services around the world, with a particular focus on remote areas, including terrestrial Internet basic. Struggles to reach infrastructure.

Its competitors include Amazon.com’s Kuiper and OneWeb, which are co-owned by the British government and Bharti Enterprises of India. While Starlink has already received over 5,000 pre-orders for its device in India, it has not launched any services. Nevertheless, the Indian government last week advised people against subscribing to Starlink as it does not have a license to operate in the country. It also ordered the company to refrain from taking bookings and providing services.

According to its website, Starlink has stopped taking pre-orders for its devices, citing “pending regulatory approvals”. Last month, the company registered a local entity, Starlink Satellite Communication Pvt Ltd, paving the way for the commencement of business in the country.

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