Elon Musk’s SpaceX plans to offer Starlink satellite internet in India; apply for a DoT license

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New Delhi: Elon Musk’s SpaceX world’s richest man is seeking to expand its Starlink satellite internet services in India for which it has applied for a license from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). The satellite communications company is seeking a global Mobile Personal Communications Satellite Services (GMPCS) license to launch broadband services from space in India under Starlink.

“SpaceX previously applied for an experimental license but later withdrew it. They have now applied for a GMPCS license,” an official with knowledge of the matter told Economic Times. Musk’s company applied for the license last week.

It’s worth mentioning here that Musk’s SpaceX is the third company to apply for such a permit. Previously, the telecommunications department issued licenses to Bharti Group-backed OneWeb and the satellite arm of Reliance Jio Infocomm.

According to DoT officials, getting a GMPCS license does not necessarily mean the satellite communications company can start offering broadband services. After receiving the license, SpaceX needs an approval from the Space Department and after that get the allocated spectrum to offer services.