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SpaceX: Elon Musk wants to offer Starlink services in Iran

Can Starlink be deployed in Iran? In any case, SpaceX intends to request an exemption from sanctions against Iran from the US administration to offer Internet connection services there via its constellation of satellites, the founder of the aerospace company Elon Musk announced on Monday, September 19, on his Twitter account. In response to a question posed by a journalist, Elon Musk said that “Starlink will apply for an exemption from the sanctions against Iran” in order to offer its service there. Elon Musk initially announced that Starlink was now available on every continent, “including Antarctica,” as the company plans to launch up to 42,000 satellites to provide high-speed connectivity from space.

Offering the services in Iran could “really be a game-changer for the future” for the country, Iranian-born science journalist Erfan Kasraie responded, prompting a response from Elon Musk. The Starlink service, launched at the end of 2020, provides Internet access, especially in areas poorly served by landline and mobile networks, for the purchase of an antenna and a modem and a subscription, the prices of which vary depending on the country. . The service has been in the spotlight after supplying antennas and modems to the Ukrainian army to improve its communications capabilities in the war against Russia.

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Iran asks for guarantees

SpaceX has deployed nearly 3,000 Starlink satellites since 2019 and is performing about one launch per week with its own Falcon 9 rockets to speed up the deployment of its constellation. Iran has been under a tougher US sanctions regime since former President Donald Trump terminated the 2015 deal on the country’s nuclear activities. If current President Joe Biden has shown himself in favor of renegotiating the agreement, the Iranian insistence on obtaining guarantees from the US administration is blocking the discussions. New rounds of sanctions were taken against Iran at the beginning of September, after the delivery of drones to Russia on the one hand, as well as for the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security’s alleged involvement in the massive cyber attack that targeted Albania in July.

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