Starlink Looking to 10 Rural Lok Sabha Constituencies in India for Internet Connectivity

Starlink satellite-based Internet service by SpaceX is all set to go live in India by looking at ten rural Lok Sabha constituencies. SpaceX aims to provide high-speed Internet access in remote areas using a constellation of satellites under Starlink.

Director for Starlink in India Sanjay Bhargava said in a LinkedIn that SpaceX would focus on ten rural Lok Sabha constituencies for 80% of terminals ship to the country.

Sanjay Bhargava also indicated plans to meet with legislators, ministers, and bureaucrats “to see if they think 100% broadband would help improve lives.”

“The number of pre-orders from rural constituencies will be one factor that helps us select focus constituencies,”.

Starlink currently has over 1,600 satellites that help provide high-speed Internet.

The Starlink is beta testing connectivity in 14 regions including Australia, Canada, Chile, Portugal, the UK, and US, among many others.

Starlink aims to have 200,000 terminals active in India by December 2022.

Each of these terminals communicates with a designated low-orbit Earth (LEO) satellite to provide Internet access, without requiring a fixed line connection.

Starlink is available to customers through a priority list for which it charges $99 (roughly Rs. 7,400) in the beta testing phase.

It is claimed to have a latency rate between 20–40 milliseconds and speeds vary from 50Mbps to 150Mbps.

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