Starlink is a satellite internet constellation operated by SpaceX, providing satellite Internet access to most of the Earth. Recently SpaceX aims to deploy 200,000 Starlink Terminals in India by 2022.
SpaceX has already launched 1,740 Starlink satellites to date for the Starlink Internet, and the network has more than 100,000 users in 14 countries who are participating in public beta, with service priced at $99 a month.
Starlink In India
SpaceX starts the development when the company has received over 5,000 preorders in India. The company representatives said ‘a local unit is required for an internet company to offer its services in India, where Starlink — assuming that it gets the license — plans to offer 200,000 active Starlink Terminals in India over 160,000 districts by December 2022.
Starlink’s Plans for Rural India
Sanjay Bhargava, India director for Starlink, said in a LinkedIn post on Monday- “Pleased to share that SpaceX now has a 100% owned subsidiary in India. The name is SSCPL – Starlink Satellite Communications Private Limited and the incorporation date is Nov 1, 2021. Happy Birthday, SSCPL. We can now start applying for licenses, open bank accounts, etc,”.
In the first phase, Starlink will make a non-commercial rollout and will offer 100 Starlinks for free. Of these 100 Starlinks, 20 are meant for schools in Delhi, and 80 are allocated to schools in a rural district close to Delhi.
For the second phase, the company plans to offer Starlink broadband terminals in 12 rural districts. Starlink will pick these districts in collaboration with public policy think tank NITI Aayog and aims to have 3 districts each in North, East, West, and South India.
Elon Musk on Starlink In India
Sanjay deserves a lot of credit for making X/PayPal succeed. Now helping SpaceX serve rural communities in India. Much respect.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 1, 2021
Reacting to the news, Elon Musk praised Starlink India’s director for the efforts. “Sanjay deserves a lot of credit for making X/PayPal succeed. Now helping SpaceX serve rural communities in India. Much respect,” wrote Elon Musk on Twitter.