Elon Musk’s Starlink is facing back-to-back problems in India. Just a day after the internet service provider asked all Indians who have booked the service to refund the money, the country head of Starlink has stepped down. Executive Sanjay Bhargava announced his departure from the company via a LinkedIn post.
Former Starlink Country Director of India said, “I have stepped down as Country Director and Chairman of the Board of Starlink India due to personal reasons. My last working day was December 31, 2021.”
Bhargava’s LinkedIn account now claims that he has retired. However, the reason behind the sudden “retirement” has not been revealed.
Last month, Bhargava had claimed that the company would try to get the required licenses on or before January 31, 2022.
Around 5000 customers had already booked Starlink internet service, which is a satellite-powered broadband connection that offers more connectivity options in rural areas. The Indian government asked consumers not to place orders from Elon Musk’s Starlink until the proper license was offered.
Starlink informed its Indian consumers that they are facing several issues within the licensing framework that need to be resolved first. The timeline for launch is “currently unknown”.
Starlink uses satellites in low orbit to provide their services over a wide area. Users can expect to see download speeds between 100 Mb/s and 200 Mb/s and latency as low as 20ms. The company provides basic equipment including a small receiver.
Satellite Internet does not depend on heavy infrastructure. Starlink is ideally suited for areas where connectivity is unreliable or completely unavailable. SpaceX plans to use its expertise in rockets to set up satellites.
Elon Musk’s Starlink is facing another hurdle in India: Country Head Step Down first appeared on BGR India.