Starlink, the satellite internet arm of billionaire Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX, has announced that it will hire staff for its Indian subsidiary.
Sanjay Bhargava, India Country Director of Starlink, made the hiring announcement on LinkedIn, saying that “we are now officially looking for two rockstars to join the Indian branch.”
Bhargava said in his Linkedin post that Elon Musk’s Starlink India is looking to hire a Rural Transformation Director and Executive Assistant.
“The post of executive assistant is not a chief of staff post and the rural transformation director must also be technical. Another small step towards catalysing and accelerating transformation starting with rural India. As there are more positions open, they will appear on the I don’t expect anything until we get a commercial license, “he also said in the message.
SpaceX’s Starlink unit in India, Starlink Satellite Communications Private Limited, registered its company earlier this month, company documents filed with the government showed.
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Bhargava told PTI earlier this month that Starlink plans to explore a collaboration with Indian telecommunications companies to expand broadband services in the country with a focus on rural areas.
Bhargava said that discussions with broadband service providers will begin once the 12 ambitious districts of Phase 1 are identified by NITI Aayog and the company sees the levels of interest from different actors and the Fund. universal service obligation (USOF).
“Hopefully we get a time-bound broadband plan that can serve as a model for other districts, but the devil is in the details and there can be many good reasons why one or more providers. broadband don’t want to collaborate, although that seems unlikely to me, ”Bhargava said.
Starlink claims to have received over 5,000 pre-orders from India. The company requests a deposit of $ 99 or ??7,350 per customer and claims to deliver data speeds of between 50 and 150 megabits per second in beta.
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Bhargava said earlier that the company would focus on 10 rural constituencies in Lok Sabha to provide internet service to 80% of Starlink terminals shipped to India.
“We want to collaborate with everyone and have others besides us licensed to provide satellite broadband so that satellite and terrestrial together can provide 100% of the broadband, especially in rural districts,” he said. he said in an article on social networks.
Starlink plans to “carry on the business of telecommunications services,” including high-speed satellite Internet services, content storage and streaming, multimedia communication, among others, in India, according to the company’s filing.
The company said it will also deal in devices such as satellite phones, network equipment, wired and wireless communication devices, as well as data transmission and reception equipment.
Its competitors include Amazon.com’s Kuiper and OneWeb, co-owned by the UK government, and Bharti Enterprises, owned by Sunil Mittal.
(With contributions from the agency)