US’ Viasat seeks approval to switch on satellite broadband services

After Bharti Enterprises-backed OneWeb and Elon Musk’s SpaceX, another global satellite player, US-based Viasat Inc, is readying to launch fast internet-from-space services in India. The $2.25-billion geostationary satellite operator has sought approvals from the government to deploy two new satellites for delivering advanced broadband connectivity solutions in India.

“We have filed applications with the Indian government and relevant agencies, seeking authority to use two of our Ka-band ViaSat-3 satellites – currently under construction – to serve India, and we look forward to the opening of the Indian market to these advanced broadband connectivity solutions,” a Viasat spokesperson said in a written response to ET’s queries.


Last year, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said the government would create a level playing field for private satellite builders, satellite launchers and space-based service providers under a new space communications policy, which would ring in a more predictable regulatory regime.

Viasat’s upcoming big strides into India’s satellite services market come at a time when both SpaceX and OneWeb, backed by the UK government along with Bharti Enterprises, are readying to start satellite internet operations in the country next year. Amazon too is reckoned to be eyeing the segment as part of its global space internet initiative, Project Kuiper.


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