Elon Musk’s SpaceX may tie-up with Jio for its Starlink internet

Elon Musk’s SpaceX will soon start talks with Indian telecom service providers like Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea, BharatNet and RailTel for possible collaborations to offer satellite communication, or broadband from space, services in the hardest-to-reach regions.

Sanjay Bhargava, collaborations will offer satellite communication or broadband from space in remote areas. He also noted that OneWeb which is backed by Bharti Global and the UK government is not an Indian constellation. Earlier this month, SpaceX-backed Starlink registered a subsidiary in India which will allow it to start applying for licenses.

Elon Musk-led SpaceX’s internet service Starlink may start broadband service in India from December 2022. A top company official said that there are 2 lakh active terminals waiting for government approval. Starlink Head for India Sanjay Bhargava said that the pre-order from India has crossed 5,000 and SpaceX is keen to work in rural areas for providing broadband services.

“Our stretch target is to have 2,00,000 terminals active in India in December 2022. We are waiting government approval as of now,” Bhargava said.

How much will it cost?
The company is charging a deposit of Rs 7,350 per customer and claims to deliver data speeds in the range of 50 to 150 megabit per second in beta stage.

The services of the company will compete with that of Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea in broadband and it will be a direct competitor to Bharti Group-backed OneWeb. However, we expect that Starlink will be able to provide better connectivity in the most remote area due to SpaceX’s expertise in satellite link.

“A remote area in Goa wanted Starlink. We will be working with rural constituencies who are keen to have 100 per cent broadband. Most of this will be provided by terrestrial broadband, but the hard-to-serve areas will be handled by Satcom providers like Starlink,” the company noted.