In a promising development, SpaceX, the aerospace company owned by tech billionaire Elon Musk, is on the verge of gaining regulatory approval to introduce its Starlink space broadband services in India, according to a report by ET Telecom. Sources indicate that the approval is expected to be granted within the next few days, following a clear response provided by the company to the Department for Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade (DPIIT) regarding its shareholding pattern.
Just recently, SpaceX unveiled its plan to launch 21 new Starlink satellites, wherein six of them were the Direct-To-Cell (DTC) variety. These satellites were successfully transported aboard the company’s Falcon 9 spacecraft, marking another milestone for the ambitious project.
Satellite launches for Starlink commenced in November 2019, with the beta program for select customers launching roughly a year later, offering a monthly subscription for $99. The company has already registered its business in India in November 2021 and has been diligently working towards obtaining the necessary licenses to operate in the country, as stated by Sanjay Bhargava, the India director for Starlink.
This news holds great potential for India’s connectivity landscape, as the introduction of SpaceX’s Starlink space broadband services will present a novel opportunity for users in remote and underserved areas to access high-speed internet. By leveraging a vast constellation of satellites, Starlink aims to bridge the digital divide and revolutionize internet connectivity across the globe.
For updates on this exciting development, be sure to keep an eye on ABP Live.
1. What is SpaceX?
SpaceX is an aerospace company owned by tech billionaire Elon Musk. It specializes in designing, manufacturing, and launching advanced rockets and spacecraft.
2. What is Starlink?
Starlink is SpaceX’s satellite internet constellation project. It aims to provide high-speed internet access to users globally by deploying a network of thousands of small satellites in low Earth orbit.
3. What is the regulatory approval that SpaceX is on the verge of gaining in India?
SpaceX is on the verge of gaining regulatory approval to introduce its Starlink space broadband services in India.
4. What is the Department for Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade (DPIIT)?
The Department for Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade (DPIIT) is an Indian government department responsible for promoting and regulating foreign investments in India.
5. What recent milestone has SpaceX achieved in relation to Starlink?
SpaceX recently launched 21 new Starlink satellites, including six Direct-To-Cell (DTC) satellites, aboard its Falcon 9 spacecraft.
6. When did Starlink satellite launches begin, and when was the beta program launched?
Starlink satellite launches began in November 2019, and the beta program for select customers was launched roughly a year later.
7. What is the monthly subscription cost for Starlink?
Starlink offers a monthly subscription for $99.
8. When did SpaceX register its business in India?
SpaceX registered its business in India in November 2021.
9. What potential does the introduction of Starlink in India hold?
The introduction of SpaceX’s Starlink space broadband services in India holds the potential to provide high-speed internet access to users in remote and underserved areas, bridging the digital divide and revolutionizing internet connectivity.
10. Where can I find updates on this development?
You can find updates on this development on ABP Live.
– Falcon 9: SpaceX’s two-stage reusable rocket designed for the reliable and safe transport of satellites and spacecraft.
– Beta program: A testing phase in which a product or service is made available to a limited number of users for experimentation and feedback.
– Constellation of satellites: A group of satellites working together in a coordinated manner to achieve a common goal, such as providing global internet coverage.
– Digital divide: The gap between those who have access to digital technologies and those who do not, often due to factors such as location or socio-economic status.