Elon Musk’s Satellite Internet Launching In India, Very Soon; Govt Approvals Underway
SpaceX Starlink satellites are in a position to offer broadband coverage in most parts of the world. Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, previewed the present status of Starlink satellite Internet in India on Twitter.
Starlink mainly serves rural communities through its 1,635 low-Earth orbit satellites. A beta kit costs $499 upfront, plus $99 a month for a subscription. The target, according to Kate Tice, a senior programme reliability engineer at SpaceX, is to bring high-speed internet to areas where it has never been available before and at an affordable cost.
Starlink Internet In India
On Twitter, OnsetDigital (@Tryonset) asked Elon Musk when Starlink services will be available in India.
Musk replied, “Just figuring out the regulatory approval process.” It looks like plans are underway to bring Starlink to India. The service will allow subscribers to get Internet connectivity via the constellation of SpaceX’s mini-satellites. As of now, there is no timeline on when the service will be available in India and how long the regulatory approvals will take.
Starlink is promising 100mbps download and 20mbps upload speeds at a time when broadband speed across the city and outside is iffy and inconsistent, at times hitting speeds that can barely be called broadband.
The target, according to Kate Tice, a senior programme reliability engineer at SpaceX, is to bring high-speed internet to areas where it has never been available before and at an affordable cost.
Kate Tice, Senior Programme Reliability Engineer, SpaceX said earlier that SpaceX claims that data speed latency and uptime will improve further with the launch of more satellites, installation of more ground stations and upgrading of networking software.
Low-Earth Orbit Satellites Would Outperform Existing Geostationary Satellites
SpaceX would start connecting each Starlink satellite with laser links that don’t need to bounce off ground stations and so aeroplanes flying over these areas such as remote areas, oceans, can still offer in-flight internet.
“The next generation of our constellation, which is in work, will have this inter-satellite connectivity,” Hofeller said during the summit, per The Verge.
The Starlink kit includes a Starlink dish, Wi-Fi router, power supply, cables, and mounting tripod. It requires a clear view of the sky to connect and an app, available on iOS and Android, for the setup and monitoring process.