Elon Musk-backed Starlink broadband service is coming to India : Here is all you need to know

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Starlink broadband to provide broadband services in India by 2022. The Elon Musk-Backed company has now made pre-orders available on a first-come-first-serve basis for users in India.

Image Credit – Starlink Website

Starlink : Elon Musk-backed SpaceX’s satellite-based internet service, Starlink is now available for pre-orders in India for $99 which is roughly above Rs 7000. Internet connectivity is expected to be made available to Indian users in 2022 through satellites that SpaceX will launch in orbit. It is currently in the beta-testing phase. Any user can go and check the availability of the services in their area through Starlink’s website. “Starlink is available to a limited number of users per coverage area at this time. Orders will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis”.

Elon Musk’s Starlink: Internet speeds

For the Starlink project, SpaceX has already launched over 1,000 satellites. Currently, Starlink is providing an internet speed ranging between 50 Mbps and 150 Mbps, having a latency between 20 ms to 40 ms. In 2021 itself, however, the speed would be doubled to reach 300 Mbps, with the latency being reduced to 20 ms, Elon Musk has said. The ultimate goal of Starlink is to have a 12,000-satellite network that would provide a speed of 1 Gbps in the future.

Starlink is a revolutionary project because it aims to provide such high-speed internet not only in urban areas, like current broadband services, but also in rural and remote areas where present broadband services usually fail.

Availability in India :

As per the Starlink website, the Starlink internet would reach India by next year, though the exact timeframe has not been shared. During pre-orders, it also seems to cover major cities like Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad among others. However, there is no blanket information available on the exact coverage details, and therefore users would need to check whether their areas are covered.

How to Prebook in INDIA :

  1. Go to the official website of Starlink.
  2. On the Homepage, Check if the service is available near your address.
  3. Click on Order now.
  4. On the next page, You will have to provide your Personal / Service Information & Billing Information.
  5. Then click on Place Deposit.
Starlink Service Information
Image – Starlink Website

Pre-booking Starlink is simple. Users would need to head to the Starlink official website, and on the homepage, the option to order one would be available. Users would have to key in their PIN code, and once they find their area, click on ‘Order Now’. They would then be redirected to another page where they would have to fill in their details and pay the deposit amount within a stipulated time. If this is not done in the time provided, Starlink would abort the ordering process and load the homepage again.

Starlink Billing Information
Image – Starlink Website

The users would be required to pay a deposit fee of $99, or about Rs 7,300, which is towards the Starlink equipment that the users would have to install to get the internet connection. At the moment, however, Starlink is under beta and therefore, connections are limited and would be provided on a first-come-first-served basis. Once the user has made the payment, their priority access in their location gets reserved. The amount paid is fully refundable, allowing users to also backtrack on their decision at a later stage. Debit and credit cards can be used to make this payment.

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