Internet via satellite: Elon Musk plans to deploy Starlink network in Iran

While Iran is gripped by a major protest movement, Elon Musk plans to discuss with Washington the deployment of the Starlink satellite communications service on Iranian soil. The billionaire says he wants to seek “sanction relief” to make the project a reality.

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On September 19, the SpaceX CEO announced on Twitter his plans to launch Starlink in Iran. The goal will be to provide Internet access to local residents, more specifically Iranians living in areas that are poorly or poorly served by mobile networks.

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This statement follows a report published by a journalist suggesting that this service be offered to the people of Iran. To answer this question, Elon Musk indicated that Starlink would make a request to the US administration, knowing that since 2018, Uncle Sam’s country has banned all transactions with oil products and those related to the aviation sector and mining to Iran.

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Elon Musk did not comment on the feasibility of a possible deployment of Starlink in Iran, despite his desire to expand the coverage of the service to the entire planet. Indeed, he will be content to enter into a discussion with the American authorities to get their point of view.

Recently, Starlink has been playing an important role in geopolitics. Last June, the service allowed the Ukrainian army to continue to communicate with its troops in the context of the conflict with Russia. Regarding the plan to use the network in the interests of Iran, such a conciliatory behavior of Washington cannot be expected. The mere media weight of an entrepreneur and his companies does not seem to be enough to change the position of the current government in relation to a country that it considers a threat to national security.

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