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Musk says Starlink will apply for waivers from Iran sanctions According to Reuters


© Reuters. The Starlink logo seen on a smartphone in front of the Ukraine flag is shown in this illustration taken on February 27, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

(Reuters) – SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Monday said the company will seek waivers from sanctions on Iran to provide its Starlink satellite broadband service in the country.

Musk made the statement on Twitter (NYSE:) at a time of widespread protests in Iran over the death of a woman in police custody. Some people on Twitter have asked Musk to provide satellite-based internet stations.

Access to social media and some content is tightly restricted in Iran, and internet monitoring group NetBlocks reported “almost complete” disruptions to internet connectivity in the capital of the Kurdish region on Sunday. on Monday, linking it to the protests. (https://

Iran’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology could not be immediately reached for comment. The State Department, Iran’s mission to the United Nations and the US Bureau of Industry and Security did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.

Musk did not specify from which country Starlink would seek waivers, but Iran faces wide-ranging sanctions.

SpaceX is aiming to rapidly expand Starlink, and it is racing against rival satellite communications companies including OneWeb and Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:) which have yet to launch Project Kuiper.

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