- Get licence for internet service first, Department of Telecommunication tells Elon Musk
New Delhi: Business magnate Elon Musk’s plan to introduce his satellite-based internet service, Starlink, in India by next December has hit a major hurdle. The Department of Telecommunications (DOT) of the Ministry of Communications, Government of India has said that the company does not have the licence to serve in India.
In a statement, DOT pointed out that Starlink has started pre-booking of the service despite not having the license.
“It has come to notice that M/s Starlink has started pre-selling/booking of the satellite-based Starlink Internet Services in India. The same is also evident from the website of Starlink (www.starlink.com) wherein satellite-based internet services can be booked by users in Indian territory,” reads the statement.
It has also warned the public not to subscribe to the services until Elon Musk’s company gets the permission.
“For rendering satellite-based services in India, requisite license(s) from Department of Telecommunications, Government of India are required. It is hereby informed to the public at large that the said company has not obtained any license/authorization for rendering satellite-based internet services that are being booked on their website,” according to the statement.
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