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India Tells People To Shun Musk’s Starlink Till It Gets Licence

A government statement issued late on Friday said Starlink had been told to comply with regulations and refrain from booking satellite internet services in India immediately


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The internet service provided by Starlink satellites is something that appears to have troubled officials in Beijing, who have long sought to limit access to the internet. File photo: Reuters.

 

The Indian government advised people against subscribing to Starlink Internet Services, a division of billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX aerospace company, as it does not have a licence to operate in the country.

A government statement issued late on Friday said Starlink had been told to comply with regulations and refrain from “booking/rendering the satellite internet services in India with immediate effect”.

Starlink registered its business in India on November 1. It has begun advertising, and according to the government, it has started pre-selling its service.

Asked about this, Starlink said in an email: “No comment for now”.

A growing number of companies are launching small satellites as part of a low-Earth orbiting network to provide low-latency broadband internet services around the world, with a particular focus on remote areas that terrestrial internet infrastructure struggles to reach.

 

•Reuters with additional editing by Jim Pollard

 


 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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