Reliance-led JV a step closer to launching satellite internet in India

The approval from the space regulator is a win for Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries as it comes even as global tech giants—Elon Musk’s Starlink and Amazon’s Kuiper—are vying for a similar go-ahead.

India’s space regulator has given its nod to a joint venture between Jio Platforms, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries, and Luxembourg-based SES, a satellite-based content connectivity solutions provider, to provide gigabit fibre internet in the country, Reuters reported on Thursday.

The report said that the joint venture, Orbit Connect India, received the three approvals from the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe) in April and June. These will allow the company to operate satellites above India but it needs further clearances from the Department of Telecommunications to begin operations. 

The two companies had announced the JV in 2022—with …


Disha Acharya

Disha is a writer at The Morning Context. She has previously worked at the digital production desk of Reuters. Prior to that, she was a sub-editor at Deccan Herald.