Elon Musk wants to offer Starlink services in Iran

Posted Sep 20, 2022, 8:49 AMUpdated Sep 20, 2022, 4:07 PM

While Elon Musk congratulates himself on having established Starlink on all continents, “including Antarctica”, the founder of Space X intends to offer his satellite internet connection service in Iran. Asked about this announcement by a journalist asking him if the satellite company could be available in the country, the American billionaire replied on Twitter that exemptions to sanctions from the American administration were going to be requested.

While the country has been in the grip of demonstrations for several days, offering the services in Iran could “really be a game-changer for the future” of the country, reacted the scientific journalist of Iranian origin Erfan Kasraie.

3,000 satellites

The American company plans to launch up to 42,000 satellites to provide a high-speed connection from space. Launched at the end of 2020, the Starlink service provides internet access, particularly in areas poorly served by landline fixed 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 enjoyed a spotlight after providing antennas and modems to the Ukrainian army to improve its communication capabilities in the war against Russia. SpaceX has deployed nearly 3,000 Starlink satellites since 2019 and conducts about one launch per week with its own Falcon 9 rockets to accelerate the deployment of its constellation.

New sanctions

Iran has been under a tougher US sanctions regime since former President Donald Trump terminated the 2015 deal over its nuclear activities. If current President Joe Biden has shown himself in favor of a renegotiation of the agreement, the Iranian insistence on obtaining guarantees from the American administration is blocking the discussions.

New rounds of sanctions were taken against Iran in early September, after the delivery of drones to Russia on the one hand as well as for the alleged involvement of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security in the massive cyberattack which targeted Albania in July.

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