Elon Musk’s satellite internet venture, Starlink, is on the cusp of making its entry into the Indian market. Previously, the company faced a setback when it initiated services without the requisite license, resulting in a ban. However, this time around, Elon Musk has diligently secured approvals from all government ministries, paving the way for the launch of Starlink Services in India. This development has the potential to intensify the competition for satellite internet services, putting pressure on established players like Jio and Airtel.
Airtel has forged a strategic partnership with OneWeb to launch its own satellite internet service, while Jio has joined forces with Luxembourg-based company SES for its satellite service venture.
Starlink’s satellite internet service is touted to offer remarkable speeds, with the top-tier connection reaching an impressive 1.5 to 2 Gbps. As the name suggests, this service relies on satellite technology, eliminating the need for traditional mobile towers. This characteristic is particularly advantageous for delivering internet connectivity to remote and underserved areas across the country. Starlink has already established its presence in more than 40 countries.
Elon Musk’s Starlink service package includes a Wi-Fi router, power supply, cable, and a mounting tripod. This router remains in constant connection with the satellite, ensuring a seamless and reliable internet experience for users.
Starlink initially commenced unlicensed services in 2021, requiring customers to pre-order and deposit security funds. However, due to a lack of approval from the Indian government, Elon Musk was compelled to halt the project, resulting in the refund of Indian customers’ deposits. With the recent approvals in place, Starlink is poised to re-enter the Indian market and potentially disrupt the landscape of internet connectivity.