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Against Elon Musk’s broadband service Starlink government issued public advisory

There’s ‘bad news’ for Elon Musk-backed company Starlink Internet Services in India. The government has issued a public advisory against the company saying that it is not licensed to offer satellite-based internet services in India. The government has asked the company to refrain from booking/rendering satellite internet services in India “with immediate effect”. The public advisory also asks citizens not to subscribe to services that are being advertised by Starlink. Here are the key details

What exactly does the government’s public advisory say

According to the government’s public advisory: It is hereby informed to the public at large that the said company has not obtained any license/authorization for rendering satellite based internet services that are being booked on their website. Given that Starlink is not a licensee, “the public is advised not to subscribe to Starlink services being advertised,” it added.

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Why has the government issued ‘warning’ to public about Starlink

According to the DoT, ministry of communications, government of India, Elon Musk’s Starlink Internet Services is not licensed to offer satellite-based internet services in India. “The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has pointed out that Starlink Internet Services is not licensed to offer satellite-based internet services in India being advertised to the public… the government, (accordingly), has asked the company to comply with the Indian regulatory framework for rendering satellite-based communication services and refrain from booking/rendering such services in India with immediate effect,” the ministry said in a statement

What does this advisory may mean for Starlink’s future in India

DoT has made it clear that the company needs to get licence before offering Satellite-based services in India. This means that the company will be allowed to offer services once it gets the licence and clears due regulatory terms in India.

Since how long has Starlink being taking orders in India

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has been accepting pre-orders for the beta version of the service at a fully refundable deposit of $99 (around ₹7,400) since almost a year now. Starlink India director recently said that the company is exploring collaborations in India with telecom companies.

How many pre-orders Starlinks India has received so far

Starlink’s India head Sanjay Bhargava recently said that pre-orders from India have crossed 5,000. Bhargava joined SpaceX effective October 1, 2021.

Which companies are competitors of Starlink services in India

Starlink services in India compete with that of Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea in broadband segment. The company will be a direct competitor to Bharti Group-backed OneWeb in satellite broadband space.

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