Why Elon Musk’s Starlink to Refund Pre-Orders?

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New Delhi : Starlink has begun emailing users in India offering refunds on their pre-orders. The satellite internet division of the billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX says that it has been directed by the Department of Telecom to refund pre-orders until the company’s Internet service is licensed in India. The company was previously believed to be working on launching its services in India in ten rural Lok Sabha constituencies. India was considered one of its key markets.
The company has now emailed customers in India stating that it has been directed by the DoT to refund pre-orders until it is licensed. The reason provided by Starlink in the email is that the timeline for receiving licences to operate in India is “currently unknown” and that there are “several issues” that must be resolved within the licensing framework to allow the company to operate Starlink in India.

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