Elon Musk’s Starlink is still taking pre-orders for its upcoming satellite-based internet service in India despite the Indian government’s recent order, which barred it from doing so. The company is still taking pre-orders for the service for various locations across Delhi-NCR, Mumbai and Pune, as per its official website.
Starlink’s India head Sanjay didn’t offer comments on the issue. The Indian government last week advised people against subscribing to Starlink Internet Services, a division of billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX aerospace company, as it does not have a license to operate in the country.
Elon Musk-led SpaceX’s satellite broadband arm Starlink is not licensed to offer satellite-based internet services in India, the Centre said on Friday. It has also cautioned the public not to subscribe to the services that are being advertised by Starlink.
The Department of Telecom has directed Starlink to comply with the regulatory framework for offering satellite based communication services, and refrain from booking/rendering the satellite internet services in India “with immediate effect”.
Starlink was reportedly planning to explore collaboration with telecom companies in the country to expand their broadband services in the country, according to a report by news agency PTI earlier this month.
The company intends to discuss with service providers after the NITI Aayog identified 12 Phase-1 aspiration districts, Sanjay Bhargava, Starlink Country Director India at SpaceX, told news agency ANI.
Currently, the company is offering its services in select areas within the country for an amount of $99 that is fully refundable. The website also shows that the company is targeting coverage by 2022 and that availability is subject to regulatory approval.