Mask Starlink Registers Indian Units Targeting Rural Areas

New Delhi — Starlink, the satellite internet division of billionaire Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX, registered its business in India on Monday, and a company document submitted to the government announced that it would launch an internet service in India. He showed that he was preparing for it.

Having a local unit called Starlink Satellite Communications Private Limited allows the company to apply for the required licenses from the government before providing broadband and other satellite-based communications services.

“We are happy to share that SpaceX currently has a wholly owned subsidiary in India,” said Sanjay Bhargava, Country Director of Starlink, India, in a LinkedIn post.

“We can now start applying for licenses, opening bank accounts, etc.,” said Bhargava, who joined the company only in October, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Starlink is a small satellite as part of a low earth orbit network to provide low latency broadband internet services around the world, with a particular focus on remote areas where terrestrial internet infrastructure is struggling to reach. The number of companies launching is increasing.

Its competitors include Kuiper on and OneWeb, co-owned by the UK government and Bharti Enterprises in India.

In India, Starlink plans to “continue its telecommunications services business,” including satellite broadband Internet services, content storage, streaming, and multimedia communications, according to the company’s filings.

It also handles satellite phones, network equipment, wired and wireless communication equipment, and data transmission / reception equipment.

Starlink individually stated that it will focus on “promoting rural development” in India through broadband services, according to a company presentation shared by Bhargava on LinkedIn over the weekend.

Once approved, Starlink will provide 100 devices free of charge to schools in Delhi and neighboring rural areas in the first phase. It then covers 12 rural areas throughout India.

The company aims to install 200,000 Starlink devices in India by December 2022, 80% of which will be installed in rural areas, the presentation said. Starlink has already received over 5,000 pre-orders for devices in India.

Adity Shah



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