Elon Musk Applies For Satellite Internet License In India; Launch Date? Price?
According to company records submitted with the government, Starlink registered its business in India on Monday, as it prepares to start internet services in the country.
Starlink Internet In India
SpaceX Starlink satellites are in a position to offer broadband coverage in most parts of the world.
Starlink mainly serves rural communities through its 1,635 low-Earth orbit satellites. 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.
With a local unit, Starlink Satellite Communications Private Limited, the business will be able to apply for government licences necessary to deliver broadband and other satellite-based communication services.
“Pleased to share that SpaceX now has a 100% owned subsidiary in India,”
“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.
Country director for Starlink in India, Sanjay Bhargava, said in a LinkedIn post.
Starlink Plans According To Company Filing
According to the corporate registration, Starlink wants to “carry on the business of telecommunication services” in India, which includes satellite broadband internet services, content storage and streaming, and multi-media communication, among other things.
It will also sell satellite phones, network equipment, wired and wireless communication devices, and data transmission and receiving equipment, according to the announcement.
There was a presentation by Bhargava on LinkedIn which focussed on “catalysing rural development” in India with its broadband services.
Also, the company has bigger plans once the operating permission is granted. Starlink will give away 100 devices for free to schools in Delhi and the surrounding rural regions in the first phase. After that, it would focus on 12 rural districts across India.