SpaceX’s satellite broadband division Starlink plans to seek partnership with Indian telecom providers in order to strengthen broadband services in India which include Reliance Jio, BharatNet, Vodafone Idea, and Railtel, with a focus on rural areas.

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According to ET Telecom report, Sanjay Bhargava, Starlink’s head for India, collaborations will provide satellite connectivity or broadband from space across remote locations. He further stated that OneWeb, which is funded by Bharti Global and the United Kingdom government, is not an Indian constellation. Whereas Starlink, which is backed by SpaceX, registered a company in India earlier this month, allowing it to begin seeking licenses.

Bhargava also dismissed claims that Starlink promoted illegal pre-orders. “Someone says that SpaceX is running a Ponzi scheme…but why would SpaceX, which is such a large company, run a scheme for such a small amount. There are kinds of rubbish. Any person who is thinking in the national interest will not try to stop Starlink by creating useless speculation,” Bhargava said, according to the media outlet.

Starlink plans to deploy 100 free devices to schools in Delhi and neighboring rural districts after it receives approval. Later, it would target 12 rural districts across India. By December 2022, the company hopes to have roughly 2 lakh Starlink devices in India, with 80 percent of them in rural areas. It will then apply for a restricted commercial license in India….

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