SpaceX is likely to launch Starlink connectivity in India by next year

SpaceX, owned by Elon Musk, has recruited a senior executive in India as part of its ongoing push to grow its presence in the nation.

The world’s top space company has announced that Sanjay Bhargava would join its team as Starlink Country Director India, with effect from the beginning of next month.

Sanjay Bhargava will join SpaceX as the Country Director for Starlink in India on October 1, 2021, and will be based in New Delhi. Bhargava just revealed the news via a LinkedIn post, which you can read here. Aside from discussing his new position with Starlink in the article, the author said that the two organizations were united in their desire to help India’s “connectivity transformation,” which would begin with the country’s rural areas.

Bhargava also stated that he has previously collaborated with Elon Musk on a project. This occurred in the early 2000s, around the time when Musk launched his digital payment company PayPal. Bhargava was a member of the service’s founding team when it first began operations.

Bhargava, on the other hand, has relocated to India in order to concentrate on other projects. Since joining another Elon Musk-founded company, Bhargava will be trying to increase the footprint of SpaceX’s satellite broadband service, Starlink, in the Indian market.

One of the world’s major satellite broadband services, Starlink, is a SpaceX effort that is rapidly extending its footprint in nations across the world as a result of its rapid expansion. Even the most distant regions of the world may be connected to the Internet with the use of a constellation of low-Earth orbit satellites, which is provided by the service.

According to Elon Musk, the creator and CEO of SpaceX, Starlink will overcome previous constraints in order to provide connection to such remote locations as the Arctic. So the aim is to give the service in areas where no other kinds of internet access have been detected to date in order to fill this gap. As for the rest of the globe, Starlink promises higher communication rates than are now feasible through traditional fiber-optic cable networks.

Earlier this year, according to a report by ET, Starlink debuted its public beta service in many nations, including the United States. Musk announced a little more than a week ago that the service is now ready to be released from beta testing and will be available in October of this year. In the following year, SpaceX is expected to start Starlink programs for Indian users, if it receives all necessary regulatory clearances before that time.

SpaceX even intends to retain a local manufacturing facility in India for satellite communications equipment, such as antenna systems and user terminal devices, in order to better serve its customers. It has been in discussions with industry participants and stakeholders, including the Department of Telecommunications, in order to achieve this (DoT).