Department of Telecommunications warns users not to preorder Starlink until it gets a license

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The Department of Telecommunications has warned Indian people not to preorder Starlink until it gets a license to operate in the country. Starlink is SpaceX’s satellite-based internet service that began taking pre-orders in India back in March this year.

The Ministry of communication also issued a press release to spread this information. The government of India wants the company to comply with the Indian regulatory framework for rendering satellite-based communication services.

Starlink officially registered its India entity on November 1st and has already received more than 5,000 preorders in the country. The company is taking $99 for the pre-order. The pre-order page also confirms that the availability is subject to regulatory approval. On Starlink’s terms pages, it is clear that users can seek and obtain a refund if they want.

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Earlier this month, Starlink India director Sanjay Bhargava confirmed that the company is in process of getting approvals to ship Starlinks to India. Wen the company already has an official entity registered in India, it is expected to soon get the license to operate the Satellite Internet in the country.

Starlink has plans to deploy 200,000 devices in India by 2022 and cover around 80 percent of rural areas. The service is still in beta and is being used by 140,000 beta users across 20 countries.

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