Elon Musk-backed Starlink offers refunds in India a month after it stopped taking pre-orders

In February 2020, the Elon Musk-backed satellite broadband company had started taking pre-orders for users worldwide. The pre-orders were available for a refundable deposit of $99.

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HIGHLIGHTS

1. Starlink is now reportedly offering refunds to users in India.
2. Starlink stopped taking pre-orders in India in November 2021 after a warning from DoT.
3. Starlink's company head for India, 
4. Sanjay Bhargava had noted that Starlink aims to apply for a commercial license by January 31, 2022.

After it quit taking pre-orders in India last month, Starlink is currently supposedly offering discounts to clients. In February 2020, the Elon Musk-supported satellite broadband organization had begun taking pre-orders for clients around the world. The pre-orders were accessible for a refundable store of $99, which is around Rs 7300. Starlink quit taking pre-orders in India in November 2021 later the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) cautioned the organization taking note of that it had not gained licenses to offer the types of assistance in the country.

The company didn't declare the move solely however quit tolerating pre-orders through its site. The company had noticed that there were at that point north of 5000 pre-orders for the assistance in India as of October 1, 2021.

Starlink has reportedly messaged clients in India noticing that it has been guided by DoT to discount pre-orders until it procures a permit in India. In the email addressed to clients who had set preorders in India, the company has featured that the timetable for getting licenses in India is right now obscure and there are issues that must be settled before the company works Starlink in India, NDTV reported.

The DoT in a public statement had noticed that to offer satellite-based types of assistance in India, essential license(s) from the Government of India is required. "The Government has requested that the company conform to the Indian administrative system for delivering the satellite-based correspondence administrations and avoid booking/delivering the satellite internet providers in India with quick impact," the telecom division had said in a press proclamation.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in a directive had also noted that Starlink should desist from soliciting business and related fees. Delhi-based NGO Telecom Watchdog had earlier voiced concerns calling Starlink’s method of asking for a deposit unfair, saying that DoT’s actions against Elon Musk’s Starlink are “highly belated and inadequate.” It had also termed the company’s act of taking pre-orders criminal.

Starlink's company head for India, Sanjay Bhargava in a LinkedIn post last month noted that Starlink aims to apply for a commercial license by January 31, 2022. Starlink also prepared two guides -- one for individuals and the private sector and one for state and union territories. Bhargava noted that it is not certain when the service would roll out in India but reports speculate that the space broadband service will start rolling out in India by 2022. “There are currently unknowns on when you may get your Starlink but please pay careful consideration to whether Starlink could just be the broadband solution you need,” Bhargava wrote.

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