Elon Musk backed SpaceX’s Starlink satellite broadband service is all set for launch in India by 2022. This announcement was confirmed by the Starlink website as the company launches pre-order in India.
In a communication sent to potential subscribers, it read ‘Starlink is now accepting preorders for $99, to reserve one of the first installations for you in your region or location, when the service is activated for India.’
Starlink currently in the Beta phase
Starlink is now delivering initial beta service both in the USA and internationally and will continue expansion to near-global coverage of the populated world in 2021.
During the beta, users can expect to see data speeds vary from 50Mb/s to 150Mb/s and latency from 20ms to 40ms in most locations over the next several months as the company is enhancing the Starlink system. There will also be brief periods of no connectivity at all.
“As we launch more satellites, install more ground stations, and improve our networking software, data speed, latency, and uptime will improve dramatically,” Starlink’s website read.
Pre-Order cost: Starlink
The Starlink broadband internet service is available for pre-order for $99 (a little above Rs 7,200) in India.
Check availability of the services in your area through Starlink’s website (https://www.starlink.com/). The website states, “Starlink is available to a limited number of users per coverage area at present. Orders will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-serve basis.”
According to the Starlink website, broadband requires a clear view of the sky to connect. “If you could see the connection between a Starlink satellite and your Starlink, it would look like a single beam between the two objects. As the satellite moves, the beam also moves. The area within which this beam move is the ‘field of view’. If any object, such as a tree, chimney, pole, etc. interrupts the path of the beam, even briefly, your internet service will be interrupted,” the website states in one of its FAQ notes.