December 8 2021: We now have a rough idea what it will cost to saubscribe to a satellite Internet service when it happens: Starlink’s broadband from-space service will likely cost Rs 1,58,000 per user terminal for users in India in the first year, dropping to around Rs 1,15,000 from the second year, the company’s India head Sanjay Bhargava has indicated in a linkedIn post.
This includes an estimated 30% as taxes and government levies. The cost estimate of a Starlink terminal in India includes $499 (Rs 37,400) towards user equipment, a monthly $99 service fee (Rs 7,425 approx) spread over a year.
Bhargava writes in his post: We hope to have applied for a commercial license on or before 31st January 2022 (unless we hit some major roadblock). We felt it would be useful to prepare two guides that help in thinking about and planning for Starlink - one for Individuals and Private Sector (https://lnkd.in/d8Jhj7km) and one for State And Union Territories (https://lnkd.in/daqeS79w)
Starlink hopes state governments will consider Starlink as their preferred high-speed broadband service and even suggested possible financing avenues, like the Universal Services Obligation Fund (USOF) corpus – estimated at roughly Rs 55,000 crore( Rs 550 billion)
The post came on the heels of an Indian government move that stopped SpaceX’s satellite broadband arm from seeking pre-bookings for its Internet from space service, till it obtains a local license.
Starlink was accepting pre-orders for the beta version of the service for a fully refundable deposit of $99 (around Rs 7,425). Bhargava has previously said the number of pre-orders from India had exceeded 5,000.
Meanwhile, OneWeb, Amazon and the Tata-Telesat combine are also preparing to enter the Internet-from-satellite segment, harnessing low–earth orbit (LEO) satellites.