| 12 April 2024, Friday |

Elon Musk says around 100 Starlinks now active in Iran

Three months after tweeting that the company would activate the service there amid protests throughout the Islamic nation, SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Monday that the company is now close to having 100 active Starlinks, the company’s satellite internet service, in Iran.

In a tweet on Monday, Musk stated that “approaching 100 starlinks active in Iran.”

As part of an initiative supported by the United States “to improve internet freedom and the free flow of information” to Iranians, the billionaire had declared in September that he would activate Starlink in that country.

The satellite-based broadband service could help Iranians circumvent the government’s restrictions on accessing the internet and certain social media platforms amid protests around the country.

The Islamic Republic has been engulfed in protests that erupted after the death in September of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody after being arrested by the morality police for wearing “unsuitable attire”.

  • Reuters