Elon Musk backed Starlink satellite ultra-fast Internet service will be available in India from 2022. Pre booking for Starlink is India is now open for users.
The service will start functioning in the country from 2022 through SpaceX satellites that will be launched in orbit.
Elon Musk confirmed that Starlink, SpaceX’s satellite-based Internet provider, will double in speed later this year.
The company currently promises speeds between 50 Mbps and 150 Mbps.
Pre booking of Starlink in India
The Internet service is now available for pre-booking for $99 which is roughly above Rs 7,000. The satellite service is currently in the beta-testing phase.
Users can go and check the availability of the services in their area through Starlink’s website. “Starlink is available to a limited number of users per coverage area at this time. Orders will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis,” reads Starlink’s website.
Starlink satellite Internet service
Operated by Elon Musk backed SpaceX, an aerospace organisation, the Starlink satellite Internet service will be available in the country somewhere in 2022 and is now open for pre-booking to the Indian users.
This comes after the debut of Tesla’s electric vehicles in India was confirmed in December last year.
Interested users in India can pay a deposit of $99, which accounts to a little more than Rs 7,000 to pre-book their respective Starlink broadband. The company has stated that the amount is refundable.
Users can check the availability of the service by entering their city and postal code.
As of now Starlink’s website for Maharashtra notes that it is targeting coverage in your area in 2022 and that its availability is limited.
The company notes that the orders will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Once users click on the ‘Order Now’ button, users are redirected to an information page where they are required to put in details like their first name, last name, phone number, and email address and will also be required to put in their card details to place a deposit of $99.
Starlink has also informed that the service will be released and will be available depending on various regulatory approvals.
It has also noted that the users may not get the broadband connection at all and if they do it may not be on the said date due to such factors.
Pre booking of Starlink in India: Availability and accessibility in other countries
According to sources, users hailing from the USA, Australia and Mexico can avail the Starlink kit for $499. The Starlink kit will include everything that users will require to establish the Internet connection including Starlink WiFi router, power supply, cables, and mounting tripod.
According to the official website of Starlink, basic information such as identity data, contact info and profile data including financial data such as card details for monetary transactions will be collected.
The company notes that it takes measures to protect users’ personal information from “loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction.”
For relatively better Internet connectivity, Starlink broadband has some caveats like a clear field of view.
“In early service, the required clear field of view is a 100-degree cone around the center of the dish (after tilting) with a 25-degree elevation minimum. Some obstructions are worse than others. Obstructions low in the sky will cause more outages because satellites are in this area of the sky more frequently,” Starlink spilled out in one of its FAQ notes.