Starlink, a satellite-based internet service operated by Elon Musk’s SpaceX, is set to go live in India, focusing on ten rural Lok Sabha constituencies, an executive said. SpaceX aims to provide high-speed Internet access to remote areas using a number of satellites under Starlink. Hawthorne, California, plans to offer its service “near global coverage” in 2021. India is being considered as one of the major potential markets for the development of this service in the near future.
Sanjay Bhargava, Country Director for Starlink, India He said In a LinkedIn post, SpaceX will focus on ten rural Lok Sabha constituencies for 80 percent of its shipping terminals in Sri Lanka. He also said he planned to meet with legislators, ministers and officials to “see if they think life can be improved by one hundred percent broadband”.
Bhargava joined SpaceX last week to oversee the business of Starlink in Sri Lanka.
“The number of pre-orders from rural constituencies will be one factor that will help us select focused constituencies,” he said.
Launched in February 2018 for the first time, Starlink currently has more than 1,600 satellites that enable high-speed Internet access. It has a beta testing relationship in 14 regions, including Australia, Canada, Chile, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Starlink aims to reach 200,000 terminals in India by December 2022, Bhargava Stated. He said that more than 5,000 terminals have already been pre-ordered in the country.
Each of these terminals communicates with a low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite designated to provide Internet access without the need for a fixed Internet connection.
Bhargava He said A clear road map for Starlink in India is available in November. However, Elon Musk jokingly launched on Twitter last month said regulatory approval for Starlink in India was being activated.
During the beta testing phase, Starlink customers will receive a priority list and will be charged $ 99 (approximately Rs. 7,400). It is said to have a delay rate of 20-40 milliseconds and the speed varies from 50 Mbps to 150 Mbps.
The arrival of Starlink in India could put a tough fight on traditional internet service providers including Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio. The launch could have an impact on the growth of the state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), which has a strong presence in rural India.