The Indian government has advised citizens not to sign up for Starlink Internet Services, a part of billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX aerospace firm, since it doesn’t have a licence to operate within the nation.
A statement from the government issued late on Friday stated that Starlink was told to adhere to regulations and to refrain from “booking/rendering the satellite internet services in India with immediate effect”.
Starlink has registered it’s business with India in Nov.1. Starlink has begun to advertise According to government officials, it’s begun selling its services in advance.
In the first week of November, Starlink, the satellite internet arm that is part of the billionaire’s Musk rocket business SpaceX has registered its business in India according to documents filed with India’s government revealed the company is gearing up to begin offering internet services in India.
The presence of a local branch, Starlink Satellite Communications Private Limited will permit the firm to apply for licenses that it requires to obtain from government agencies before it is able to offer broadband or other satellite-based communications services.
“Pleased to share that SpaceX now has a 100% owned subsidiary in India,” country director for Starlink in India, Sanjay Bhargava, said in a LinkedIn post.
“We can now start applying for licenses, open bank accounts, etc,” said Bhargava, who according to his LinkedIn profile joined the company only in October.
Starlink is among many companies that are launching small satellites in an orbiting low-Earth network that will offer broadband internet with low latency across the globe with a special concentration on areas in remote locations where terrestrial internet infrastructure struggle to get to.
Its main competitors are Amazon.com’s Kuiper and OneWeb which is owned jointly by both the British government as well as the Indian company Bharti Enterprises.
For India, Starlink plans to “carry on the business of telecommunication services” which include satellite broadband internet streaming, content storage, multi-media communication as well as other services according to the filing.
It also will deal with equipment like satellite phones as well as network equipment, wireless and wired communication devices, aswell for reception and data transmission equipment it added.
Starlink has also said that it would be focusing in “catalyzing rural development” in India by providing broadband services according to a presentation that was shared on LinkedIn by Bhargava on LinkedIn on the weekend.
If it is granted permission to offer the services it is allowed to offer, Starlink will, in the initial phase, provide 100 computers for free to schools located in Delhi and the nearby rural districts. The next phase will target 12 districts in rural areas across India.
The company plans to install 200 000 Starlink gadgets in India by the end of 2022, the majority of them will be located in rural areas it stated in its presentation. Starlink had already taken more than 5000 pre-orders for its products in India.
Starlink has not commented on the latest statement from government officials from the Indian government.
Many companies are creating small satellites as a an element of the low Earth orbit system that will provide broadband internet with low latency services across the globe and with a special attention to remote areas which terrestrial internet infrastructure is unable to get to.
(Adapted from Reuters.com)