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Indian government asks citizens to shun Elon Musk’s Starlink internet services until it gets license

The Indian government advised people against subscribing to Starlink Internet Services, a division of billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX aerospace company, as it does not have a license to operate in the country.

A government statement issued late on Friday said Starlink had been told to comply with regulations and refrain from “booking/rendering the satellite internet services in India with immediate effect”.

Starlink registered its business in India on November 1. It has begun advertising, and according to the government, it has started pre-selling its service for a fully refundable deposit of $99 or Rs 7,400.

The company plans to roll out services across 200,000 active terminals in more than 160,000 districts by 2022.

A growing number of companies are launching small satellites as part of a low-Earth orbiting network to provide low-latency broadband internet services around the world, with a particular focus on remote areas that terrestrial internet infrastructure struggles to reach.