Billionaire Elon Musk-led SpaceX aims to launch its satellite internet service, Starlink, in India some time in 2022. The aerospace company’s website has listed several Indian locations where the services will be available on a first- come-first-serve basis. The option to pre-book Starlink services is available to Indian users on the website at a refundable amount of $99 (around ₹7,265).
According to reports, the median delay for existing satellite broadband services is 594 to 612 ms. SpaceX claims that Starlink reduces delays to 20-40 milliseconds. Beta testing of Starkink’s Internet services has already begun in the United States with guaranteed data rates of up to 150Mbps. To access the service, users need a Starlink kit that includes a user terminal to connect to the satellite, a router, and a mounting tripod.
Satellite Internet has a lot of potential in India to overcome geographical barriers and enable access to Internet services in the furthest areas where coverage is difficult to provide through mobile towers on the ground. I will. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), as of August 2020, 50% of Indians do not have internet access. By comparison, only 14% of the US population is disconnected from the Internet. However, India is also one of the fastest growing markets in terms of new hires, with a 23% increase in the number of Internet users between 2019 and 2020, according to the WEF.
SpaceX is not the only satellite internet provider targeting the Indian market. Hughes India, a subsidiary of Hughes Network Systems, recently partnered with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to provide internet services to 5,000 remote villages in eastern Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Tripla and Manipur. I will. The company uses the Indian Space Research Organization communications satellites GSAT-19 and GSAT-11.
SpaceX claims that data speed, latency and uptime will improve further with the launch of more satellites, installation of more ground stations and upgrading of networking software.
The company plans to launch 12,000 Starlink satellites and has already placed over 1,000 of them in space.
Satellite internet has a lot of potential in India as it can transcend geographical barriers and enable access to internet services in remotest of areas where providing coverage through on-ground mobile tower is difficult. According to World Economic Forum (WEF), as of August 2020, 50% of people in India don’t have internet access. In comparison, only 14% of the population in US are disconnected from internet. However, India has also been one of the fastest growing markets in terms of new adoption with number of internet users growing by 23% between 2019 and 2020, as per WEF.
Bharti Airtel is also planning to launch a high speed satellite internet service by 2022 using OneWeb’s LEO constellation of internet satellites. The telco is in talks with ISRO to build cost effective access terminals..