New media reports indicate that Elon Musk’s Starlink, the satellite-based internet service, might soon launch in India. As per the news report, the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) has a meeting scheduled for September 20 to deliberate on granting Starlink the necessary operating license within the country. With services already available in 32 countries worldwide, Starlink’s potential entry into the Indian market could mark a significant development.
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Last year, Starlink initiated the process of securing a Global Mobile Personal Communication by Satellite (GMPCS) license from the DoT. In 2021, the company introduced pre-booking channels for interested customers in India; however, the government intervened, requiring Starlink to apply for an operating license instead. Although Starlink’s official website still states that it is awaiting “regulatory approval,” this move underscores India’s commitment to regulating internet-based services.
Starlink isn’t the only player aiming to provide satellite internet services in India. Airtel and Jio, two prominent Indian telecom companies, are also in the race. Airtel-backed OneWeb and Jio’s satellite arm, Jio Space Technology, have similarly applied for GMPCS licenses. Following license approval, these companies will need to secure satellite spectrum allocations from the DoT.
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