Musk, Bezos set to offer broadband in India
NEW DELHI: Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, the world’s two richest businessmen, are set to take on Airtel’s Sunil Mittal and Reliance Jio’s Mukesh Ambani in the high-speed broadband and internet space as they have approached the Indian go nment with separate plans to offer satellite-based internet connectivity.
Sources said that Musk’s satellite internet venture, Starlink, and Amazon have held separate consultations with the telecom ministry – as well as the Department of Space – for starting satellite-based internet services in India, “though they are yet to apply for a license through the formal route”.
“Consultants representing the companies have had discussions with us, and have indicated that they are keen to offer internet services in India using a constellation of satellites. We expect them to apply for the licence very soon,” a telecom department source said.
Currently, OneWeb – where Mittal’s Bharti Global holds the largest stake and has partners such as the UK go nment – has publicly announced plans of launching satellite-based services in India by next year (also launching across other global geographies). OneWeb has received a national long distance (NLD) license from the telecom department.
The plan of the companies is to offer large swathes of bandwidth – with speeds as high as 1 GBPS and even more – through low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites that would be deployed at a distance of around 1,000km from Earth.
The bandwidth would then be sold to a variety of users/customers that will include business enterprises, railways, ship companies, defence establishments, airlines, and telecom companies, thus directly competing with the likes of Airtel and Jio.
Good job India… we are progressing as a nation
Good move ,if they play by the Go nment rules there is better competition in market and the end user benefits,Welcome aboard guys
Sangeet Kumar Jain
We already have lots of good broadband services providers. Please bring real technologies, and produce them here, in India.
Modi may have to refer the matter to Mukesh Ambani for approval.
They can never compete with Indian players when it comes to pricing
Excellent! Feku can no longer shut down the internet to shut up critics. Just imagine how many lives could have been saved in the second wave of the pandemic if people still could use Starlink to post their SOS tweets begging for oxygen, plasma donors and hospital beds on twitter. #ResignModi
Speed is now the greatest problem of all broadbands in India. Will it be resolved ?
you won't get approval if ur competing with Reliance. or will be heavily taxed to make u uncompetive
Not happening. Jio will not allow.
For 70 years under KHANgress we had no computers., Smartphones or internet. Thanks to honorable PM Shri Modiji , now all indians are able to enjoy broadband internet. Modiji has single-handedly transformed India in just 7 years.
After the failure of make in India, feku will sell indian economy to Americans.
already requested refund from starlink coz they are not going to reduce prices for india. 100 dollar per month and 500 dollar intial investment is too much for home internet.
Very good, it will be very helpful specially for reme location. Country is progressing
So far the telecom and internet services in India are one of the chest in the world. If they are going to increase the tariff by following the American model the sorry we are not interested.
It crazy the way these corporations like Google, Reliance Jio FB Google, Amazon, MSFT are dominating nearly every aspect of our lives. This is scary. Soon they will have predictive data for every aspect of our lives - how we will shop ,when we will shop, what we will shop, what price are we likely to pay, what we want to watch, what we have been watching, what will we pay for watching it, bespoke deals etc etc.
SELLING THE NATION, ITS DATA, ITS NATIONALS PRIVACY TO MNC's, ESPECIALLY AMERICAN MNC's IS GOING TO PROVE VERY VERY DANGEROUS IN FUTURE.
HOPE TELECOM MINISTRY IS NOT PUTTING NATION AT STAKE IN THE NAME OF MAKING REVENUE.
This technology will help make India free from millions of cables hanging in the trees and roads!
Go nment will wait till the investments are made and services are operational. Then they will change rules, tax retrospectively and force losses on them.
It's good to have more players in the internet space. Competition may further bring down the prices n at the same time there would be enhanced quality. Also feku will not be able to shut down internet services at will. However the big big question is will Ambani allow all this.
rahul singh baghel
Still a huge part of the country is devoid of the 4G internet or is suffering from poor internet speeds. A huge setup of Armed Forces deployed at border regions is the one organisation badly in need of good internet infrastructure. This comes as a glimmer of hope.
In Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities , we surely need better broadband infra …something badly missing now