SpaceX's Starlink is planning to roll out 200,000 user terminals in India, as Elon Musk's satellite internet company seeks to go big in Asia

SpaceX, owned by Elon Musk, stated that it plans to deploy 200,000 Starlink terminals in India by December 2022.
Starlink's India director said Monday that Starlink had established a wholly owned subsidiary in India.

Bloomberg reports that SpaceX also plans to launch Starlink in The Philippines.

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According to a presentation by SpaceX, Starlink, the satellite internet network of SpaceX, plans to install 200,000 terminals in India as part of its expansion in Asia.

Starlink has established a wholly owned subsidiary in India, Starlink Satellite Communications Private. This was written by Sanjay Bhargava (India director), in a LinkedIn post on Monday.

Bhargava, an ex-executive at PayPal, stated in the post that the subsidiary could now apply for licenses to open bank accounts.

According to a presentation Bhargava posted on LinkedIn last week, the subsidiary has a "stretch objective" to deploy Starlink user terminals across more than 160,000 rural Indian districts by December 2022.

After signing up for the $99-per-month internet service, the user terminals connect to Starlink satellites.

Starlink's presentation revealed that it wants to bring its internet to schools near New Delhi and other cities in India.

Bhargava wrote, "We want to service the underserved."

According to Bhargava’s LinkedIn profile, Bhargava worked previously with SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in order to create PayPal.

Musk tweeted Monday that "Sanjay deserves a lot credit for making X/PayPal successful." SpaceX now serves rural India. Many thanks.

Bloomberg reported that Starlink is also in negotiations with two Philippine telecommunications companies, and also plans to launch its satellite service in the Philippines.

Starlink currently has more than 1,650 satellites orbiting the earth. To create an internet service that spans the globe, the company plans to have 42,000 satellites in orbit by mid-2027.

Musk tweeted that Starlink would be out of beta testing mode in October. This would allow for further expansion. Although it is not clear if Starlink has left beta-testing mode, Insider confirmed that Starlink's homepage contained references to beta testing prior to Thursday. Since then, the references have disappeared.