Elon Musk’s SpaceX can start its Starlink broadband service in India from December next year. With the arrival of this broadband service, Indian users will get high-speed data. The tech giant is working on expanding its broadband service in rural areas. Famous speed test app company Ookla has data showing that Starlink satellite broadband speeds exceed wired broadband speed averages in some countries.
SpaceX’s Satellite Broadband Unit aims to launch broadband service in India by December 2022 with two lakh active terminals with government approval. According to Gwyn Shotwell, president of Elon Musk’s company, SpaceX has deployed about 1800 satellites. Once those satellites reach their operational orbit, Starlink Internet Services will offer global coverage until September 2021.
Starlink Price in India Activation Kit
During the beta stage, the company will deposit $ 99 (about Rs 7,350) from every user, and users will get data at the speed of 50 to 150 megabytes per second. After activation, the Starlink kit includes Starlink, a Wi-Fi router, power supply, cables and mounting tripod. To fix your best install location, you can download the Starlink app for iOS and Android.
SpaceX’s satellite-based internet service Starlink is available for pre-order in India. Currently, this service is running in the beta testing phase. You can get information about the availability of the service in your area through Starlink’s website. According to Starlink’s website, this service is currently available to a limited number of users in a restricted location. Pre-orders are available in Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Tadepalligudem (Andhra Pradesh) and Indore (Madhya Pradesh). The website reads ‘First come, first-serve basis.
Starlink’s India Country Director Sanjay Bhargava said in his social media post that he had received more than 5000 pre-orders from India for the broadband service.
Reliance Jio will compete with Bharti Airtel.
In India, the tech giant will compete directly with telecom service providers like Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone Idea. Starlink says the service is suited for areas of the world where connectivity has generally been a challenge. The company will also interact with parliamentarians, ministers and top government officials on the importance of broadband internet connectivity in the changing lives of rural areas.
In India, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) directed SpaceX to obtain the necessary licenses before offering any services. The Department of Telecommunications has no objection to SpaceX launching Starlink satellite internet service in India. Still, it has to be prepared to comply with the country’s laws before serving it to Indian customers.
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