Starlink Refunds Advance Orders For Satellite Internet In India, Says Timeline For Obtaining Licenses “Unknown”

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Starlink has started emailing users in India to offer refunds for their pre-orders. SpaceX’s satellite internet division of billionaire Elon Musk says it has been directed by the Telecommunications Department to refund pre-orders until the company’s internet service is licensed in India. The company was previously believed to be working to roll out its services to ten rural Lok Sabha constituencies in India. India was considered one of its key markets.

The company has now emailed customers in India that it has been instructed by the DoT to refund pre-orders pending licensing. Gadgets 360 saw a copy of the email sent to customers who had pre-registered for the service. The reason given by Starlink in the email is that the schedule for obtaining licenses to operate in India is “currently unknown” and that there are “several issues” that need to be resolved within the licensing framework in order for the company to work Starlink can operate in India.

Back in December, Starlink’s country director, Sanjay Bhargava, stated that the company hopes to apply for a commercial license on or before January 31st. A presentation by Bhargava said the company intends to have 200,000 Starlink devices in India by December 2022, if possible, rolling out services in the country by April. Starlink is said to have received over 50,000 pre-orders for its satellite Internet service in India, but the company recently stopped accepting pre-orders, pending regulatory approval.

Starlink already registered its business in the country back in November. Starlink Satellite Communications Private Limited would allow the company to apply for licenses prior to providing services to users in India. As previously mentioned, the company reportedly intended to provide ten rural Lok Sabha constituencies with high-speed internet for 80 percent of Starlink terminals shipped to India, according to a company director.

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As a writer on Technology with Gadgets 360, David Delima is interested in open source technology, cybersecurity, consumer privacy, and loves reading and writing about how the Internet works. David can be contacted by email at DavidD@ndtv.com and on Twitter at @DxDavey. More Battlegrounds Mobile India suspends over 71,000 accounts for fraud Realme GT 2, Realme GT 2 Pro spec leak before release

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