Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk received a second notice within days for the company’s operations in India. The latest advice comes from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), which is annoyed that Starlink is engaging in business activities in the country without authorization.
According to Economic Times, the December 7 notice to the company reads: “Starlink Internet Services is required to refrain from soliciting telecommunications activities. Musk’s company was looking to enter India with its Internet services. The new notification comes a week after it was said that even though the company is not prohibited from doing business in India, it must obtain government clearance before engaging in business transactions in the country. .
The company ran into problems after Starlink India CEO Sanjay Bhragava wrote on LinkedIn that a Starlink internet connection would cost around Rs 1.58 lakh per user terminal.
Starlink’s national director for India at SpaceX, Sanjay Bhargava, told media in November that talks with telecommunications providers in India would begin when 12 ambitious Phase -1 districts were identified by NITI Aayog. Starlink was accepting pre-bookings for Indian addresses at an approximate price of $ 99. The company is targeting around 20,000 terminals in India.
Satellite Internet is a broadband Internet service that uses radio waves to transmit the Internet from an ISP hub to your satellite dish which is connected to a modem to provide Internet access. SpaceX uses lasers instead of radio waves to transmit data.
Other companies looking to launch their satellite internet services in the country are Sunil Bharti Mittal and OneWeb, owned by the UK government, and Amazon, owned by Jeff Bezos. Airtel is expected to launch its services in 2022.
As the government is ready to explore the services of satellite internet service providers to bring internet services to the Indian hinterland, astronomers have expressed concern about the effects of satellite internet services on ground-based astronomy. and the orbital environment. The use of this technology also raises national security concerns.
Currently India is home to the second largest number of internet users in the world. In 2019, there were around 54 Internet subscribers per 100 inhabitants in the country. While India’s share of the world’s population is around 16-17 percent, due to low urbanization, only around 10 percent of its total population has internet access.