Space X CEO Elon Musk has hinted that Starlink internet services could soon launch in India. He reiterated that the company is waiting for regulatory approvals.
In August, Ookla, the owner of the popular Speedtest app, notified that Starlink satellite broadband speeds are heading closer to wired broadband speeds in some countries while even surpassing wired broadband speeds in some areas.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently gave some hints about his Starlink satellite broadband service heading soon to India. When a user on Twitter asked the launch of Starlink broadband service in India, Musk replied to the tweet by saying that the company is waiting for regulatory approvals to flag-off the Starlink broadband internet. According to previous reports, SpaceX Starlink satellite broadband is set to be available in India from around next year.
In this regard, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) of India has ordered SpaceX to acquire the required licenses before initiating any service in the country. It further added that it has no objections in SpaceX offering the Starlink satellite internet service in India. But it wants that company must comply with the laws of the land and seek an appropriate license and other authorizations before offering the service to Indian consumers.
Starlink is currently offering its beta services in 14 countries including the US, Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Europe. SpaceX’s future goal is to launch around 42,000 Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit by mid-2027. The speeds range from 50Mbps to 150Mbps in beta and there is no download limit. It has also claimed latency of 20 ms to 40 ms.
According to the statement by Musk, In May, the low-Earth orbiting satellite network had received more than 500,000 preorders for its internet service and anticipates no technical problems meeting demand. He previously notified that Starlink will be “probably out of beta this summer.”
With a refundable deposit of $99, users can book a Starlink connection. Any user can check the the availability of the services can be checked by any user in their area through Starlink’s website. Reports state that once the service is available worldwide, users can enjoy internet speeds of up to 209.17 megabits per second.