Starlink satellite Internet may soon reach India, with SpaceX founder Elon Musk touting its current status on Twitter. Starlink is a program initiated by SpaceX to provide Internet connectivity using a constellation of satellites, the first two of which were launched in February 2018. It is currently available in 14 regions including Australia, Canada, Chile, Portugal, UK and USA , between others. Now, it looks like the Indian market will start experiencing this satellite Internet soon.
OnsetDigital (@Tryonset) on Twitter He asked Elon Musk when Starlink services launch in India. Musk answered, “I’m just discovering the regulatory approval process.” It appears that plans are underway to bring Starlink to India. The service will allow subscribers to gain Internet connectivity through SpaceX’s mini-satellite constellation. There is currently no timetable for when the service will be available in India and how long regulatory approvals will take.
Starlink is currently in beta in the regions where it is available. As part of the beta, there is no download limit and speeds can range from 50 Mbps to 150 Mbps. What’s interesting is that it has a stated latency of 20ms to 40ms in most locations. The site states: “As we launch more satellites, install more ground stations and improve our networking software, data speed, latency and uptime will dramatically improve.”
Since these minisatellites are in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), they are more than 60 times closer to Earth than traditional satellites, which is why they offer low latency connectivity. In November 2018, SpaceX won US FCC approval for 7,000 Starlink satellites and was subsequently greeted with concerns about these new satellites, disrupting Earth’s view of the cosmos and causing problems for astronomers. SpaceX, however, has clarified that its Starlink constellation will not affect space vision.
The Starlink kit includes a Starlink antenna, Wi-Fi router, power supply, cables and mounting tripod. You need a clear view of the sky to connect and an app, available on iOS and Android, for the setup and monitoring process.