Elon Musk’s SpaceX is all set to launch its satellite-based internet service, Starlink, in India by 2022 on a first come-first served basis.
Compared to geosynchronous satellites, the Starlink is a low-earth orbit (LEO) satellite system and is rumoured to offer latency of up to 600ms initially, which will be brought down to 20-40ms as the network grows.
It is worth mentioning that beta testing of Starlink’s satellite broadband services are already underway in the United States with data speeds reaching up to 150Mbps, with some users claiming to get as much as 300Mbps speeds. To access Starlink’s services, users will need the Starlink kit which comprises a user terminal, a router, and a mounting tripod along with the required cables.
The official Starlink website has started accepting pre-orders for Indian addresses at a price of $99 or Rs 7,300 (approx.) as a deposit for the service which is fully refundable. This amount is towards the Starlink equipment that will have to be installed at your address to access internet services.
Access to the internet and broadband services remains an issue in India to date, with only a little over 22 million wired broadband users in the country.
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