Elon Musk’s Starlink Will Seek Exemptions to Iran Sanctions

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Sep 20, 2022

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Elon Musk said SpaceX would ask for exemptions to allow Starlink to operate broadband services in the country.

Elon Musk has revealed that Starlink will seek exemptions that would allow it to provide broadband services in Iran, despite US sanctions. 

The SpaceX CEO disclosed this in a tweet on Monday. He had made a post declaring that “Starlink is now active in all continents, including Antarctica”. 

For context, the satellite broadband service arrived at the McMurdo Station on the coast of Antarctica last week. That means it is now present on all seven continents.

A follower responded to the tweet, asking about the chances of Iranian people receiving the company’s broadband services. Musk replied by saying SpaceX will seek an exemption to sanctions on Iran.

Musk did not share any further details on how he planned to make that happen.

There are over 2300 active Starlink satellites in orbit. The company’s goal is to provide high-speed, low-latency Internet service in most parts of the world, including hard-to-reach areas

Access to the internet is heavily restricted in Iran, with the government aiming to prevent dissent from citizens.

The country has endured heavy sanctions for decades following its nuclear activity. They were briefly eased in 2015, but former President Donald Trump reinstated them three years later.

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Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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