With Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet service slated to be made available in India soon, Airtel, Jio, and other networks are likely to face competition.
After making his foray into the automobile and space sector, Elon Musk is reportedly gearing up to enter the telecom sector to offer internet services. The Tesla CEO is planning to take the Indian telecom market by storm through a unique project of his aerospace company SpaceX dubbed, Starlink.
If media reports doing the rounds online are anything to go by, SpaceX could launch its satellite-based Internet service in the massive Indian telecom industry. As part of the Starlink project, the company will offer internet services to any corner of the world via satellite.
SpaceX on Thursday revealed there are 10,000 active users of the service worldwide, and also noted that it has been just four months since it entered the beta testing phase. Musk is planning to bring Starlink to India, according to a CNBC-TV18 report.
SpaceX plans to enter the Indian telecommunications industry with 100-Mbps satellite-based internet, the report claims. The report suggests Musk is eyeing the $1 trillion market of India and China.
Moreover, the company is also focused on meeting the demand for maritime services and in-flight internet in the aforesaid countries.
In Aug. 2020, SpaceX submitted its recommendations to TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) for a push for satellite broadband in the country. TRAI issued a consultation paper on a roadmap to ‘Promote Broadband Connectivity and Enhanced Broadband.’
Vice-President of SpaceX Satellite Government Affairs, Patricia Cooper responded saying that Starlink’s high-speed satellite network “will advance the goal of delivering broadband connectivity in the near term to all Indians, particularly those without access now or in the near-term to broadband services traditionally available only to customers in urban and suburban areas”.
Cooper also noted that the service is capable of providing internet services comfortably in remote areas of the country. If Starlink steps into the Indian telecom market, it will be a matter of concern for Reliance Jio (Jio Fiber), Airtel (Airtel Extreme), as well as BSNL (Bharat Fiber), considering that these three companies currently dominate the mobile Internet and broadband market.