Starlink internet to reach India in 2022: Here's what the Rs 7,200 pre-order deposit gets you

The service will be launched in most, if not all regions of India, in 2022, and now open to preorders for a refundable USD 99 deposit.

The world has waited with bated breath for the Starlink satellite broadband service to go live. There were rumours about a likely launch in India soon, which the company has now confirmed will be happening. The service, offered by private US space company SpaceX, offers broadband internet at speeds between 50 Mbps and 150 Mbps with very low latency of 20 ms to 40 ms. It is going to launch in most, if not all of India, in 2022, according to an email circulated among interested subscribers. Though the timeline of the service rollout in India is not yet confirmed, this is the first acknowledge from SpaceX about the Starlink broadband service's launch in India.

Starlink, as per an email sent to waitlisted subscribers, is now open to pre-orders, for a refundable deposit of US$ 99 (~ Rs 7,200). The fee guarantees a reserved installation slot for you in your region, when the service goes live in India. The deposit, as per the Pre-Order Agreement, goes towards equipment customers will need to access the broadband service. If customers opt for a refund,  though you will forfeit your priority service access position. Payments accepted include credit cards, debit cards, and Apple Pay – a digital payment platform yet to be launched in India.

Order Confirmation page for Starlink. Image: Medium

Order Confirmation page for Starlink. Image: Medium

Starlink says that the US $99 deposit is fully-refundable at any time via the user account, but customers will be forfeiting their priority slot along with it. The hardware kits, which are sold for an additional cost and in limited supply, are likely to be in limited supply during the early months of Starlink internet in India. They include a router, antenna, power supply, and mount, according to a report by Financial Express.

As per a News18 report from late February 2021, existing Starlink broadband internet customers are due to get a speed boost up to 300 Mbps by the end of 2021, effectively doubling the maximum speeds promised to customers, which is currently up to 150 Mbps.

How to pre-order your Starlink kit

1. Go to the Starlink website

2. Enter your email address, your delivery pin code to track down your service area.

3. See when Starlink estimates it will provide service to your location.

4. Pay the USD 99 deposit upfront, the USD 499 hardware cost, and shipping fee.

Starlink is a project under SpaceX that includes over 1,000 satellites already in orbit that beam down broadband internet to its subscribers. The company aims to expand the fleet to nearly 12,000, to open up the satellite internet service to more users without compromising on the "high speed, low latency" service that SpaceX originally promised. It is also the first in a series of upcoming satellite internet projects, including Amazon's Project Kuiper and OneWeb's Phase One, both of which share a common goal of offering broadband internet coverage to digital deserts.

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