SpaceX Starlink Country Director of India Sanjay Bhargava shared that the company aims to provide internet service in rural regions across the country in 2022. Bhargava recently announced via LinkedIn that the company is hiring, “We are now officially looking for two rockstars to join the Indian Subsidiary,” he wrote.
Bhargava said that Starlink India is looking to hire a ‘Director of Rural Transformation’ and an ‘Executive Assistant’ to be ready to work with the company as the broadband network expands. “The executive assistant position is not a chief of staff position and the Director Rural Transformation has to be technical as well,” he explained, stating that it is – “Another small step towards catalyzing and accelerating transformation starting with Rural India. As and when there are other open positions they will appear on the jobs board. I do not expect any more till we are commercially licensed,” Bhargava said. If you're interested in working for SpaceX, check out the available job positions through the company's official website: SpaceX.com/careers
SpaceX is still pending regulatory approval from India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT). The government agency asked its residents to not pre-order the broadband satellite internet service until the company obtains full approval to sale its services in the country. “[…] The Government of India has asked the company to comply with Indian regulatory framework for rendering the satellite based communication services and refrain from booking/rendering the satellite internet services in India with immediate effect,” DoT representatives announced via Twitter on November 26.
SpaceX currently operates approximately 1,892 internet-beaming Starlink satellites out of over 12,000 it plans to deploy within the next seven years. The company is primarily focused on serving those who do not have reliable internet access in their communities and is selecting regions to beam its signal based on that criteria. SpaceX will initially focus on connecting 10 rural Lok Sabha constituencies in India, according to Bhargava. The company already applied with the Government of India (GOI) for a license to operate the satellite broadband services in the country and plans to send 200,000 Starlink dish antenna terminals for India customers before December 2022. “[…] We will probably focus on ten rural Lok Sabha constituencies for 80% of the Starlink terminals shipped to India. The number of preorders from rural constituencies will be one factor that helps us select focus constituencies,” he stated.
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