Starlink, the satellite internet arm of Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX has announced it will apply in India for a commercial license by January 31, 2022.
This announcement comes just days after Starlink was warned by the Union Government, Ministry of Communications and Department of Telecommunications to obtain the required permission to provide satellite-based internet services within the country.
In a LinkedIn post, Sanjay Bhargava (India director for Starlink) stated that they hope to apply for a commercial license by January 31, 2022 (unless there is a major roadblock).
Bhargava also mentioned how Starlink could be a great option for connectivity in many situations in his post.
He stated that 100 percent Broadband India will require collaboration among stakeholders, service providers and technologies. Starlink encourages everyone think about their usage and create connectivity plans for both private and district use.
Starlink had earlier announced that it would focus its internet services on 10 rural Lok Sabha constituencies.
Bhargava stated that he was also open to having 30-minute virtual conversations (with MPs, Ministers and Secretaries to Union governments or Principal Secretaries of states) to find out if 100 percent broadband is a good idea to improve people’s lives.
Starlink recently shipped 100,000 terminals out to customers. This project will provide global broadband connectivity through a constellation of satellites.
SpaceX launched its first satellite launch in November 2019, and then opened its $99 per-month beta program for selected customers a little over a year later.