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How to get Elon Musk-backed Starlink broadband in India, check prices and other details

Starlink broadband is now available for pre-orders in India. The availability is limited and the company notes that it will accept orders on a first-come, first-serve basis.

twitter-logoYasmin Ahmed | March 3, 2021 | Updated 11:21 IST
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Highlights

  • Elon Musk-backed SpaceX’s satellite-based internet service, Starlink is now available for pre-orders in India for $99 which is approximately Rs 7300.
  • Interested buyers can go to Starlink’s website to pre-order the service which is said to be made available in 2022 to Indian users.
  • Starlink notes that the amount is fully refundable in case the company is unable to provide internet service in a particular area.

Elon Musk-backed SpaceX's satellite-based internet service, Starlink is now available for pre-orders in India for $99 which is approximately Rs 7300. Starlink's internet connectivity is expected to be made available to Indian users by 2022 through satellites that SpaceX will launch in orbit. It is currently in the beta-testing phase.

"At a time when more people are working from home and more students are participating in virtual learning, internet connectivity is more important than ever. With Starlink, we're able to deploy quickly to areas that need it most," SpaceX on Twitter wrote. "Starlink satellites are over 60 times closer to Earth than traditional satellites, resulting in lower latency and the ability to support services typically not possible with traditional satellite internet," the company notes on its website touting the convenience the lower latency will give in making video calls and for online gaming.

Starlink is reportedly looking to eventually deliver high-speed internet of up to 1 Gbps downloading or uploading speed to its users. As of now, it gives up to 150 Mbps speeds which are reported to double up to 300 Mbps through testing. Coming to latency, the company notes that Starlink's latency will range from 20ms to 40ms in most locations.

Now, Indian users can place a deposit of $99 on Starlink's website to pre-order the broadband connection. However, the amount will be refunded to users if the company fails to follow through on giving users the internet connection by a speculated date in 2022. To pre-order Starlink.

-- Go to Starlink's website https://www.starlink.com/

-- The website shows an Order Now Section

-- Enter your Service address or the area where you want the service.

-- You will see a list of areas in proximity if your address is eligible for the service.

-- Select Order Now.

-- If your address is eligible for the service, you will be directed to a page to enter further details.

-- Starlink will also carry a header on that page that says that the company is targeting coverage in your area in 2022, with limited availability and on a first-come, first-served basis.

-- Users will be required to put in details like their first name, last name, phone number, and email address.

--They will also be required to put in their card details to place a deposit of $99.


Airtel in January announced that it has become the country's first telco to successfully demonstrate and orchestrate live 5G service over a commercial network in Hyderabad city. During a press briefing, when Gopal Vittal, MD, and CEO of Airtel was asked if space technologies like Starlink were a competition, he said that space is a different use case altogether and aimed at working where there is negligible network available.

Reports in late 2020 had also surfaced about Google being in talks with Jio and Airtel to introduce high-speed internet in negligible network areas. The technology is part of Project Taara which uses light to transmit information at super high speeds through the air as a very narrow, invisible beam -- it is like fiber but without the cables, as per Project X, a company within Google.


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