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Starlink Warned by India Telecom Department to Get Licence Before Offering Satellite-Based Internet Services

For rendering satellite-based services in India, requisite license(s) from the Department of Telecommunications is required.

Starlink Warned by India Telecom Department to Get Licence Before Offering Satellite-Based Internet Services

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Starlink has been asked to comply with the Indian regulatory framework

Highlights
  • Starlink hasn't obtained any license for rendering its services
  • The company started pre-booking its satellite Internet services in India
  • The government asked Starlink to refrain from rendering its services

Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, on Friday pointed out that Starlink Internet Services is not licensed to offer satellite-based internet services in India being advertised to the public.

According to a press release issued by the ministry, it has come to notice that Starlink has started pre-selling/ booking the satellite-based Starlink Internet Services in India.

For rendering satellite-based services in India, requisite license(s) from the Department of Telecommunications is required, the Ministry said in the statement.

The said company has not obtained any license/authorisation for rendering satellite-based internet services that are being booked on their website, it added.

Accordingly, the government has asked the company to comply with the Indian regulatory framework for rendering the satellite-based communication services and refrain from booking/rendering the satellite Internet services in India with immediate effect.


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