Starlink has begin emailing users in India offering refunds on their pre-orders. The satellite internet division of the billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX says that it has direct by the Department of Telecom to refund pre-orders until the Internet service is license in India.
Starlink was previously believe to be working on launching its services in India in ten rural Lok Sabha constituencies.
India was consider one of its key markets.
The Starlink has now email customers in India stating that it has direct by the DoT to refund pre-orders until it is license.
The reason provide by Starlink in the email is that the timeline for receiving licences to operate in India is “currently unknown” and that there are “many issues” that must be resolve within the licensing framework to allow the company to operate Starlink in India.
Starlink Country Director Sanjay Bhargava state that the company hope to apply for a commercial licence on or before 31st January 2022.
A presentation by Sanjay Bhargava reportedly states that the company aim to have 200,000 Starlink devices in India by December 2022, if it could roll out services in the country by April.
Starlink is said to have receive over 5,000 pre-orders for its satellite Internet service in India, but the company had recently stop taking pre-orders pending regulatory approval.
The Starlink previously register its business in the country in November.
Starlink Satellite Communications Private Limited would allow the company to apply for licences before providing services to users in India.
The Starlink was reportedly aiming to provide high-speed Internet to ten rural Lok Sabha constituencies for 80% of the Starlink terminals ship to India, as per Starlink executive.
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