Elon Musk’s SpaceX to partner with Indian companies for manufacturing satellite communications gear

Matt Botwin has said that SpaceX is committed to manufacture hardware and satellite components and satellite broadband’s components in India.

As Elon Musk-led SpaceX prepares to launch its high-speed broadband internet system called Starlink in India next year, the aerospace manufacturing company has been planning to partner with local firms to make satellite communications equipment including antenna systems as well as user terminal devices.

On July 12, as per the Economic Times (ET), during the company’s first interaction with the Secretary of Department of Telecommunications (DoT) Anshu Prakash, Director (market access with the Starlink program) Matt Botwin stated, “SpaceX is excited to find ways to work together with the Indian industry for manufacturing products for its Starlink devices.”

The director added that SpaceX always seeks opportunities to maximize its global supply chain’s efficiency and is looking forward to working with the company’s partners in India to recognize such opportunities.

According to the report, the DoT had met global companies to talk about the local manufacturing of satellite communications gear along with the process of creating an enabling regulatory regime for global low earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation operators to build in-country gateways.

Officials from OneWeb, Viaset, Hughes, Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea, Department of Space and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India had participated in the meeting.

The satellite companies have discouraged the Centre staunchly from the auction of mmWave satellite spectrum in the 28 GHz band for 5G mobile services since the decision would affect their data download speeds and geographical reach in the country.

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