UNITED STATES: Global firms are expressing interest in the businesses associated with the country’s space as India prepares to roll out 5G services in every city.
To launch broadband-from-space services in India under its Starlink brand, Elon Musk-owned SpaceX has submitted an application to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for a global mobile personal communication by satellite (GMPCS) licence.
A statement said that SpaceX has applied for the licence, and the government will now decide on the licence following the proper protocol established by the department.
According to an official, SpaceX is one of the international corporations that are currently expressing interest in Indian space.
SpaceX is the third business to apply for the licence after Bharti Group-backed OneWeb and the satellite division of Reliance Jio Infocomm.
The top launch service provider in the world, SpaceX was the first commercial business to transport humans to and from the International Space Station (ISS). Only this firm has successfully completed every civilian crew mission to orbit.
With the Starlink constellation, SpaceX enables internet access on a global scale. According to the source, SpaceX must first obtain the Department of Space approval before receiving spectrum allocation for service provision.
Additionally, SpaceX will have to deploy its global satellite bandwidth infrastructure in India and set up a local earth station.
The Indian National Space Promotion & Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe), a central regulatory organization tasked with luring private investment into the space industry, will have to grant these clearances.
After multinational corporations expressed interest in the Indian space, competition is heating up in India’s still-emerging broadband-from-space services market, which could be worth USD 13 billion by 2025.
Jio, OneWeb, Nelco of the Tata Group, Canada’s Telesat, and Amazon are all looking into the possibility of launching satellite broadband services in India.