Government says Starlink, backed by Elon Musk, is unlicensed; asks the public not to subscribe to the service


Starlink, the satellite broadband arm of Elon Musk, led by SpaceX, is not licensed to offer satellite internet services in India, the Center said on Friday. He also warned the public not to subscribe to services advertised by Starlink.

The Department of Telecommunications ordered Starlink to comply with the regulatory framework for the provision of satellite communication services and to refrain from reserving / rendering satellite internet services in India “with immediate effect”.

In a statement, the government said it noticed Starlink has started pre-selling / booking Starlink satellite internet services in the country. The same is also evident on the Starlink website where satellite internet services can be booked by users in Indian territory, the DoT observed.

The statement said: “The Ministry of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, Government of India has pointed out that ‘Starlink Internet Services’ is not authorized to offer satellite Internet services in India advertised in India. public.

Providing satellite services in India requires a required license from the Center.

“It is hereby informed to the general public that said company has not obtained any license / authorization to provide reserved satellite internet services on its website,” he said. Since Starlink is not licensed, “the public are advised not to subscribe to the Starlink services being advertised,” the official statement read.

Starlink plans to explore a collaboration with telecommunications companies in India to expand broadband services in the country with a focus on rural areas, according to earlier reports.

The company claims to have received more than 5,000 pre-orders from India. Starlink charges a deposit of $ 99 or ??7,350 per customer and claims to deliver data speeds between 50 and 150 megabits per second in beta.

In a social media post, Starlink’s Country India Director at SpaceX Sanjay Bhargava said the company is keen to collaborate with everyone.

“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 declares.

With contributions from the agency

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