Elon Musk would like to discuss US sanctions against Iran

Elon Musk would like to discuss US sanctions against Iran

The Starlink constellation sees no limits to its expansion. The American Elon Musk plans to deploy his network in Iran. And for that, as he said on Twitter, he wants to ask for the lifting of American sanctions in order to allow the deployment of his Internet by satellite.

Starlink wants to deploy its Internet access in Iran, while the country is subject to a tough sanctions regime by Washington. Starlink will apply for an exemption from US sanctions against Tehran, Elon Musk explained on Twitter, in response to a question.

President Joe Biden has said he is in favor of a renegotiation of the agreement between Tehran and Washington. But the latest deliveries of Iranian drones to Russia have had the effect of suspending talks. Still, Washington could see a geopolitical interest in controlling Iran’s internet access.

The Starlink constellation makes it possible to guarantee high-speed Internet access, anywhere on the globe, thanks to mini-satellites located less than 2,000 kilometers from the Earth. Launched in 2019, Starlink already markets its services on all continents, thanks to its 3,000 satellites in orbit. Ultimately, the goal is to deploy 42,000.

These constellations in low orbit, which offer an alternative to 5G and fiber optics, are increasingly popular. The needs are enormous: for the connected car, boats or even for defence.

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