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Elon Musk’s Starlink to acquire licence for satellite communication services –Official

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and X Corporation Photo: MelaninNews

*Starlink, a subsidiary of American multibillionaire businessman Elon Musk’s SpaceX, is poised to obtain approval from.the Indian Government to provide voice and data communication services from space, having satisfied concerns on data storage and transfer within the country’s digital ecosystem

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

Starlink, a subsidiary of American multibillionaire businessman Elon Musk’s SpaceX, may soon get a licence to operate in the satellite communications space.

ConsumerConnect learnt the technology company, which the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has also licensed for operations in the West African country’s telecoms industry apparently, has satisfied the Indian Government’s concerns on data storage and transfer in the country’s digital ecosystem.

Starlink is poised to obtain approval to provide voice and data communication services from space within the country, close sources told ET.

The government is reportedly content with the company’s clarifications regarding data storage and transfer regulations.

Implications for corporate organisations and telecoms consumers

If successful, the new licence will authorise Starlink, a subsidiary of SpaceX, to provide satellite Broadband, voice, and messaging services to both organisations and individual telecoms consumers.

The brand will be the third company to get a global mobile personal communication by satellite services (GMPCS) licence after Bharti-backed OneWeb and Reliance Jio’s satcom arm, report said.

How Starlink scales through to get GMPCS licence for services: Official

A government official disclosed “the answers given by Starlink to our queries look satisfactory… After the security check is completed, the company will be given a GMPCS licence to offer services.”

It is recalled Starlink September 19, was requested to provide concrete responses to inquiries concerning data storage and transfer, as its initial submissions failed to meet the Indian Government’s requirements.

Previously, Starlink had informed the government that it would adhere to global norms regarding data storage and transfer, considering its global constellation, according to report.

The recent attempt was SpaceX’s second attempt to get a foothold in the Indian market, report saud.

Its initial effort 2022 came a cropper, and it was forced to return pre-booking money to Indian applicants after the telecom department asked it to first seek regulatory approvals.

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