Billionaire Elon Musk’s satellite internet venture Starlink is mulling to start broadband services in India from December next year, subject to the government approval, a company representative said on Friday.
Starlink Country Director India, Sanjay Bhargava, in a LinkedIn post, expressed that the pre-orders from India have crossed 5,000 and the organization will work with provincial electorates for offering broadband types of assistance.
He likewise referenced that, “Our stretch objective is to have 2,00,000 terminals dynamic in India in December 2022. Genuine numbers possibly much lower than that or even zero on the off chance that we don’t get government endorsement yet it is impossible that we will surpass 2,00,000.”
Starlink is charging “a deposit of $99 (around ₹ 7,350) per user” and says that the speed currently “varies between 50 and 150 megabit per second (mbps)” in beta stage. “Availability is subject to regulatory approval. Orders will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis,” the company added.
Mr Musk, last month, had implied that Starlink may “emerge from beta” stage in October.
Starlink, in a pre-request note, expressed that the organization’s essence is in numerous nations and the more pre-orders it gets from India, it will be simpler for it to get government endorsement.
“The government approval process is complex. So far there is no application pending with the government, so the ball is in our court to apply for consideration which we are working on. Our approach will be to get pilot approval quickly if pan India approval will take long. We are optimistic that we will get approval for a pilot program or pan India approval in the next few months,” the satellite company added.
Starlink is yet to apply for a permit through an authority course.
The note additionally referenced that the “worldwide pre-orders have crossed 5,00,000 and around 1,00,000 terminals are dynamic so there’s a major worldwide overabundance.”