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Elon Musk wants to bring Starlink internet to Iran

WASHINGTON: In order to provide Iran with its satellite internet service, SpaceX will seek a waiver from US sanctions, according to owner Elon Musk on Monday.

In response to a tweet from a scientific writer, Musk stated that "Starlink would request for an exemption from sanctions against Iran."

In his initial statement, Elon Musk claimed that the Starlink satellite internet service was now accessible on every continent, "even Antarctica," and that the business intended to increase connection by launching up to 42,000 satellites.


Erfan Kasraie, a science journalist of Iranian descent, had tweeted that expanding the service to Iran might "really change the game for the future" of the nation, prompting Musk's response.

Starlink is a constellation of satellites in low earth orbit that will be launched at the end of 2020 to provide high-speed broadband access to users in locations that are underserved by fixed and mobile terrestrial networks.

Since previous president Donald Trump cancelled a 2015 agreement over Iran's nuclear programme, the country has been subject to tighter US sanctions.


The Iranian demand for long-term guarantees from Washington has halted negotiations, despite the support of the current president, Joe Biden, for renegotiating the agreement.

After a Tehran-based company assisted in the shipment of drones to Russia this month and in reaction to a significant cyberattack against Albania in July that was reportedly carried out by Iran's intelligence service, further sanctions have been placed on Iran.

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