According to reports, the government is expected to grant approval for voice and data communication services provided by Elon Musk’s Starlink in India. The company has provided satisfactory responses regarding its data storage and transfer regulations.
Once the security check is completed, Starlink will be granted a global mobile personal communication by satellite services (GMPCS) license to offer their services. Initially, Starlink had informed the Indian authorities that they would adhere to international data transfer and storage laws. However, this proposal was rejected, and the company has now agreed to comply with the requirement of locally storing the data in order to obtain an Indian license.
The GMPCS license will enable Starlink to provide messaging services, voice services, and broadband to individuals and organizations in India. Reliance Jio and OneWeb have already obtained the GMPCS license in India, making Starlink the third satellite communications company to receive this license if its application is approved.
It is worth mentioning that Amazon Chief Jeff Bezos has also expressed interest in entering the Indian satcom market, similar to Elon Musk. However, the government is yet to consider Bezos’ application.
Overall, the approval of Starlink’s communication services in India would provide more options for individuals and organizations in terms of voice and data connectivity. It would also contribute to the growth of the satellite communications industry in the country.