Satellite Internet By Elon Musk Company Gets In-Principle Approval By Govt


Mohul Ghosh

Mohul Ghosh

Apr 17, 2024


Elon Musk’s satellite internet venture, Starlink, has been granted an in-principle approval by India’s Telecom Ministry. This milestone, achieved ahead of Musk’s anticipated visit to India, marks the culmination of nearly three-and-a-half years of deliberation. Once finalized by the Home Ministry, Starlink will secure a crucial Global Mobile Personal Communication by Satellite (GMPCS) license.

Satellite Internet By Elon Musk Company Gets In-Principle Approval By Govt

Approval Process and Mandates

Clearing Hurdles

The approval process, now awaiting final vetting by the Home Ministry, has scrutinized various aspects including foreign investment, net worth, and technical requirements. Addressing concerns over ownership, Starlink has submitted a declaration ensuring no stakeholders from countries sharing a land border with India. Additionally, the Telecom Ministry has imposed mandates on data security and localization to safeguard Indian users’ information.

Regulatory Mandates and Competition

Satcom Spectrum Race

Starlink’s entry into India’s satellite communications market intensifies competition with other players like OneWeb and ventures backed by Indian telecom giants. The Telecom Ministry’s mandates on data localization and traffic termination underscore the government’s focus on ensuring national security and regulatory compliance.

Musk’s Visit and Market Impact

Anticipated Announcements

Elon Musk’s upcoming visit to India, scheduled for April 21 and 22, is expected to herald significant announcements, including the launch of Starlink and substantial investments in the country. With the regulatory pathway for Starlink now clearer, Musk’s visit assumes heightened importance, potentially paving the way for Tesla’s entry into the Indian market and fostering collaborations in the satellite communications sector.


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