In India, the government has issued a warning to residents not to subscribe to Elon Musk’s satellite broadband service. Starlink Internet Services, SpaceX’s satellite broadband business, is not permitted to sell satellite-based internet services in India and is prohibited from doing so, according to the company.
The Department of Transportation has also directed the billionaire’s internet-from-space firm to conform with the regulatory framework for selling the service in India and to “immediately” stop booking or supplying the service in India.
According to the government, Starlink has begun pre-selling the service in India, as evidenced by its website, which allows consumers in Indian territory to reserve satellite-based internet services.
For a fully refundable deposit of $99 or Rs 7,400, SpaceX has began taking bookings for the beta version of the service.
“The Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, Government of India, has said that Starlink Internet Services is not authorised to promote satellite-based internet services in India… According to the Ministry of Communications, “the government has requested the corporation to conform with the Indian regulatory framework for delivering satellite-based communication services and to cease from booking/ rendering such services in India with immediate effect.”
Musk last commented publicly about Starlink’s aspirations for India in September. The SpaceX founder claimed he is sorting out the regulatory procedure in India while replying to an inquiry on Twitter. He wrote, “Just sorting out the regulatory approval procedure.”
The government warned Indian people on Friday not to use the company’s services because it lacks the necessary licence.
“With immediate effect, the Government has requested that the corporation conform with the Indian regulatory framework for providing satellite-based communication services and stop from booking/rendering satellite internet services in India.” The public is urged not to subscribe to Starlink services promoted since Starlink is not a licensee, according to the Ministry.
Sanjay Bhargava, Starlink India’s director, revealed on LinkedIn last month that the company’s India subsidiary, Starlink Satellite Communications Private Limited, had been successfully registered. “It gives me great pleasure to announce that SpaceX now has a wholly owned subsidiary in India.”
By 2022, the business hopes to have services in place at 200,000 operational terminals in over 160,000 districts.
Musk has stated that Starlink will be capable of data transport at the speed of light. According to GizmoChina, the Starlink network now relies on a dish, satellites, and ground stations. The corporation aims to do rid of these ground stations, which have proven to be a bottleneck for speedy data transfers due to their slow communication with satellites.