Elon Musk’s SpaceX satellite broadband arm, Starlink, plans to collaborate with telecom companies in India to expand broadband services in the country, with a focus on rural areas, a top company official said on Friday. .
Sanjay Bhargava, India’s Starlink country director at SpaceX, said discussions with broadband service providers will begin when NITI Aayog identifies 12 Phase-1 aspirational districts, and the company assesses the interest levels (Universal Service Obligation) of various players and USOFs. Will do Fund).
In India, Starlink claims to have received over 5,000 pre-orders. In the beta phase, the company is depositing $99 (about Rs 7,350) per subscriber and claims to offer data speeds of 50-150 megabits per second. There have been reports that Starlink is considering manufacturing terminals to provide satellite broadband services in India, but Bhargava says the company is not actively looking at doing so.