Satellite- grounded Internet has fairly come to a reality in the western countries where Elon Musk’s Starlink has before started beta testing the new service. In India, notwithstanding, despite Musk's alacrity, Starlink has admitted some pushback.
Now it's being reported that Starlink is in touch with the government agencies and may offer satellite internet connectivity to 10 bucolic Lok Sabha constituencies in the coming 2022 choices. The company has reportedly been in chats with several MPs, Ministers, and government functionaries to explain the capacity of broadband connectivity in changing lives in bucolic areas of the country.
In case the company manages to get apposite approbations, it plans to go live in December 2022 with over 2 lakh active depots. Starlink’s Country Director, Sanjay Bhargava is keeping the anticipations limited and feel that the company may or may not meet the target of connections but says that it's “really doubtful that we will exceed 200000.” As of now Starlink before has 5000pre-orders in India, that yea nonetheless there's no clarity around the beginning date.
Since these are early days for Starlink, the company is presently accepting pre-orders in India and according to Bhargava, the “number of pre-orders from country constituencies will be one factor that helps us elect focus constituencies.”
Further, like any other tech company, yea Starlink is facing chipset inadequacy issues which have decelerated down the speed of offering beta connections. The company has also stated that while it has over stopped actively across the globe as of now, it still has a backlog of pre-orders.
Apart from Starlink, yea Jeff Bezos- backed Amazon seems to be interested in offering satellite- hung internet services in the country. Its directors have reportedly met the officeholders of Patch and the company is awaited to apply for the integral licenses soon.
Both Starlink and Amazon won't only face competition from the current broadband players like Jio, Airtel, etc. but will also take on Bharti Airtel-backed UK-hung OneWeb – yet another company that plans to offer satellite-hung Internet services in India starting May 2022.
Though as of now there are some difficulties around the range allotment and the fate of this service is largely hung on how the central government plans to assign bandwidth to Satellite Internet providers.
That being said, in a country like India, high-speed wireless internet connectivity could be a boon and could go in line with the central government's Digital India movement.
Any company that plans to offer analogous services must also localize their immolations keeping in mind the complicacies that come attached with a country as vast as India. Fast-tracking a solar panel to keep the satellite receiver link apart from keeping the subscription charges lower could be great for a birth.