The worldwide expansion of Starlink, Elon Musk’s satellite internet service, has encountered some problems in India: the government has warned that the company is not licensed to operate in the country.
The report of Reuters indicates that a statement issued by the communications department indicates that users should refrain from contracting the service, since it has not been authorized to operate in India. And not only, the authorities also say they have ordered Starlink not to continue offering the service until they comply with current regulations.
It is noticed that M / s #Starlink (https://t.co/xscnDS4Cnn) has started pre-selling / booking of #satellite based #Internet Services in India without any #license/ authorization.
Public is advised not to subscribe to Starlink services being advertised. #GatiShakti #spacex @SpaceX
& mdash; DoT India (@DoT_India) November 26, 2021
Starlink began operating in India at the beginning of November, with the aim of reaching rural areas that are far from traditional internet connectivity, as is the case in other countries where it is already operating. And so far, they have received more than 5,000 reservations, which is not known if they will be able to be fulfilled.
The truth is that the problems between Starlink and India have been going on for several months, when the regulatory body began to review whether Starlink’s offer violated several of the existing laws on telecommunications and the Internet, related to both national security and the welfare of the people. consumers.
However, it is also suspected that this close examination of Starlink is given by pressure from the Broadband Indian Forum, a group in which companies such as Facebook, Apple, Microsoft or Google participate and that, in some way, they may be threatened with Starlink’s arrival in India.
For now, Starlink has not issued any response to the Indian government subpoenas. And meanwhile, countries like Chile are little by little activating their satellite internet service based on low orbit satellites.