Sanjay Bhargava, the country director and chairman of the Board, Starlink India, has quit the company citing personal reasons.

A few weeks after the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) pointed out in November 2021 that ‘Starlink Internet Services’ is not licensed to offer satellite-based internet services in India as being advertised to the public, the government informed the parliament that the company intends to apply for all the applicable licences needed for commercial launch in India.

Bhargava had said that the company’s target after getting the licence is to have 200,000 terminals across the country by December 2022, with 80 per cent, significantly, in rural locations.

Earlier, the DoT had directed the company to refrain from booking of satellite-based internet services before obtaining requisite licences. Of late, the company has reportedly initiated the refund process of pre-booking amount of $99 (Rs 7400) that it collected.