Elon Musk stated that Starlink, his company, will request an exemption from sanctions to allow it to provide satellite broadband service to Iran.
Tesla founder and SpaceX founder posted on Twitter that Starlink was “now active on all continents including Antarctica”.
Musk answered a fan’s question about whether Starlink could be supplied to Iran. He said: “Starlink will request an exemption from Iranian sanctions in this respect.”
Starlink, a rapidly-growing network that includes more than 3,000 satellites orbiting low-Earth orbits, has tens of thousand of users in the US alone.
Musk, the world’s richest man, stated that the company aims to provide high-speed internet access for rural and remote areas.
It isn’t the first time that he has been asked about expanding the service to Iran. Iran is a country where internet access is severely restricted by the government to suppress dissent.
As protests continue across Iran over the death a young lady in police custody, Mr Musk’s promise is made.
Mahsa Amini (22 years old) was detained by the country’s morality officers for not wearing an Islamic head scarf, or hijab to cover her hair.
Although police claim she died of a heart attack and her family insists she did not have any heart problems, her family claims she had suffered from leg bruising.
Internet down in Iran, protests continue
On Monday, security forces opened fire on protestors in Saqez (Iran’s Kurdish Region) on Monday, claiming two lives.
According to Hengaw, two more people died in Divandarreh in “direct fire”. There were 15 injuries and a fifth victim in Dehgolan (also in the Kurdish area).
Netblocks reported that the internet was down for three hours in the area, as well as outages in Tehran (and other Iranian cities) since Friday.
Reviving the Iran nuclear deal
As a result Iran’s nuclear activities, sanctions have been placed on Iran in recent years.
These restrictions were removed as part of 2015’s nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action.
In 2018, however, the US president Donald Trump pulled out of the agreement. This prompted Tehran to renege on the terms of the deal and reimpose sanctions.
The deal is being revived.
Musk did not provide any details on how he would apply for an exemption.