Internet facility based on satellites will soon be a reality and the world can’t wait any longer. Despite government approval, more than 5,000 people in the country have booked in advance for Elon Musk’s StarLink project to provide low-cost broadband Internet with the help of satellites. Starlink expects 2 million connections to be operational in the country by the end of 2022 with over 5 lakh bookings worldwide and over one lakh connections currently in operation.
In addition to StarLink, Amazon’s Keyper and Airtel’s OneWeb are also set to launch in India. It is alleged that Starling and Amazon had unofficial communications with the central government. However, Sanjay Bhargava, who took over as director of Starlink India recently said the official application has not been submitted yet. He said the target was 2 lakh connections but the target would not be achieved without government approval. The pre-booking for Starlink is currently available in India for $ 99 (Rs.7350).
According to media reports, Tata Group’s Nelco is in talks with Telesat to bring the company’s Lightspeed satellite broadband services to India by 2024. The constellation of satellites is considered to be more effective than normal satellite networks, as it was seen that constellations can offer a peak network strength and high speed.
In the case of growth in internet services, India has been marked as one of the best countries and it is reported that with the deployment of more satellite broadband internet services, the country could see a further rise in the internet sector as the number of users is already labeled a high number.
Satellite Broadband Services
Thousands of small satellites are being deployed for the project initially. The Internet is provided by a small dish antenna placed on top of buildings, similar to a direct-to-home dish TV service. Starlink claims that a trial version of the beta would have speeds ranging from 50 MB to 150 MB per second, and the speed would be faster as more satellites are launched.