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Will LEO satellite constellations like OneWeb and Starlink come to India?

Despite the Indian government signaling that it’s open to broadband via satellite, a few key barriers remain.

Source: AT&T Press

On September 8, American telco AT&T announced that it would be partnering with Bharti-backed OneWeb to boost the connectivity of businesses in remote areas. OneWeb is a satellite constellation that provides internet connectivity through several low-earth orbit satellites that blanket the earth. Such constellations only need a gateway anywhere in their coverage area on earth to provide internet connectivity, without sprawling terrestrial cabling on land to connect places in remote areas or at sea. This is the kind of technology that can be deployed easily, as many satellites are already in the sky, and the groundwork is limited to installing gateways. So when can India, a country with extreme inequality in data access, expect to start supporting LEO constellation broadband from players like OneWeb and SpaceX's Starlink? Satcom players seeking opening-up of regulations The industry pressure on the government to…

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