SpaceX Hints at Starlink Debut in India by Urging Government to Start Approving Satellite Technologies


SpaceX, an American aerospace company owned by entrepreneur Elon Musk, has urged the Indian government to kick off approvals for satellite broadband technologies. The move is aimed at expanding SpaceX’s satellite Internet constellation Starlink to the country. SpaceX has expressed its interest in launching Starlink in India in a filing submitted with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). The company said it was once on course with constellation deployments for continual Starlink coverage all through India by the end of 2021.

Responding to a TRAI consultation paper, SpaceX Vice President for Satellite Government Matters Patricia Cooper said that new technologies like Startlink might require consideration of up to date rules, policies, and regulation. She also beneficial suggestions including the encouragement of technology-neutral broadband definitions and assigning already-allocation frequencies for using satellite systems.

“Starlink’s early performance tests illustrate that NGSO (Non-geostationary) satellite technology is clearly capable of assembly not only the current broadband definition, but also those increased criteria beneficial by TRAI,” Cooper wrote in the filing dated September 21, which has just been brought into focus by MediaNama.

SpaceX also famous while responding to questions put by TRAI that policies constraining or deterring using advanced satellite technologies such as Starlink might be a contributor to higher costs of constant broadband and slower speeds of existing broadband products and services. The company additionally mentioned that terrestrial constant wired and wireless technologies came with an “inherent infrastructure expense based on a cost per kilometre” that made it difficult to scale.

“SpaceX does not require expensive ‘last-mile’ fibre lines as a way to deliver dependable high-speed broadband,” Cooper said.

SpaceX also asked for “blanket licensing” to allow more than one identical satellite terminals for broadband connectivity and urged utilisation of Ka-band frequencies that is used by constant satellite products and services systems including Starlink. In a similar fashion, it asked the regulator to imagine the potential for satellite operations in V- and E-band frequencies.

On spectrum allocation, SpaceX suggested TRAI to prefer a band-splitting mannequin among NGSO satellite operators.

SpaceX successfully deployed the initial 60 Starlink Internet-beaming satellites in space in May final year. The company also expanded its footprint in satellite broadband space in February by launching 60 extra satellites. On the other hand, it is likely to face a hard fight with Amazon that announced an over $10 billion (more or less Rs. 74,487 crores) investment in a satellite broadband plan in late July.

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