Tesla CEO Elon Musk praised Sanjay Bhargava, the Country Director of Starlink in India, for initiatives to link rural communities to high-speed internet using the SpaceX technology. In a video shared recently on LinkedIn, Bhargava and his wife, Anita Kapur Bhargava, outlined Starlink’s plan to link rural communities in a phased manner.
“Sanjay deserves a lot of credit for making X/PayPal succeed. Now helping SpaceX serve rural communities in India. Much respect,” Musk tweeted.
In response to this, Bhargava said, “@elonmusk thank you for giving me the opportunity. Very early days but we hope with the support of all of the amazing people in India, Starlink will play an important role in catalysing rural development in India.”
Sanjay Bhargava recently posted a video on his LinkedIn handle about an interaction where he talked about rollout of Starlink for rural communities in India.
In the first phase, SpaceX will provide 100 Starlink hardware kits for free to rural communities in India. Twenty Starlink kits will be provided to schools in Delhi and 80 to schools in rural districts close to the national capital. In the next phase, Starlink will engage local leaders to identify 12 rural disctricts across the country. In the third phase, Starlink intends to operate at least two lakh of its devices in India, 1.6 lakh of which will be rural communities.
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