Elon Musk’s satellite internet company, Starlink, is expected to receive approval from the Indian government soon. Sources from Moneycontrol say that the green light could come as early as next week. The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has been satisfied with the clarity on Starlink’s shareholding pattern, which has cleared the way for approval.
Starlink to Become Third Company to Offer Satellite Internet in India
Starlink will soon become the third company to offer satellite internet in India. After Jio and OneWeb, the government is also expected to approve Starlink. This means that the way the internet is delivered in India is about to change, and Starlink will play a major role in it.
Insiders say that the government could give the green light to Starlink to start offering internet as early as next Wednesday. However, Elon Musk’s company has not yet said anything about this.
Two senior government officials – Telecom Secretary Nripendra Misra and Communications Minister Ashwini Vaishnav – need to agree to approve Starlink’s internet service. If they both agree, Starlink’s work will begin. The department’s satellite communications wing also needs to give final approval, which will allow Starlink to start offering internet in India.
At present, the senior officials who are to approve Starlink’s internet service are out of the country! The Telecom Secretary is in the United States for an event, and the Communications Minister is at a conference in Switzerland. As soon as they return, the process of approving Starlink is expected to move forward quickly.