India’s Starlink services will be offered with permission from SpaceX
Elon Musk’s SpaceX is set to seek permission to launch satellite internet services in India under its Starlink brand.
Billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX is set to apply for permission to launch satellite internet services in India under its Starlink brand, the Economic Times reported on Wednesday, becoming the third company to apply for such permission.
SpaceX will also seek legal government approvals for landing rights and market access, according to the report, adding that it will likely seek approvals from the Department of Communications (DoT) to establish local portals.
SpaceX and the Department of Transportation did not immediately respond to Reuter’s requests for comment after hours.
Earlier this year, the Indian government asked Starlink to return all of its pre-orders so it could obtain licenses to operate in the country.
The report says SpaceX will “very soon” apply for a Global Mobile Personal Communications Services (GMPCS) license from Indian authorities, without providing further details. OneWeb, backed by Bharti Group and the satellite arm of Reliance Jio, has already applied for the permit.
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