SpaceX chief Elon Musk says he will seek to bring Starlink satellite internet to Iran. The billionaire businessman suggested his plans in a Twitter message.
Earlier this week, Musk announced on the social media service: “Starlink is now active on all continents, including Antarctica.”
After reading Musk’s tweet, Iranian-born science reporter Irfan Kasrai posted his own message to the SpaceX chief.
“I’m sure you won’t answer it, Mr. Musk, but is it technically possible to present Starlink to the Iranian people?” Kasraie asked. “It could be a game changer in the future.”
Musk answered as my sack. He wrote, “You will ask Starlink for Exemption for Iran Penalties in this regard.” And the sanctions he commented on are linked to Iran’s nuclear activities. The restrictions prevent a wide range of US companies from doing business with Iran.
SpaceX owns and operates Starlink, a network of satellites launched into near-Earth orbit. Since the network is based on satellites, it is designed to provide high speed internet service to the rural and offline areas of the world.
SpaceX says the service aims to produce internet speeds of up to 300 megabits per second (Mbps) for all regions of the world. In the United States, the cost of service is $110 per month, and the cost of equipment is $599 for one time. The service costs less in some other parts of the world.
To date, more than 3,000 Starlink satellites have been deployed in space. SpaceX Launched The latest set of 54 satellites on Sunday. in a video chest On social media in June, the company said the Starlink service had nearly 500,000 users in 32 countries.
Several people asked Musk on Twitter to provide satellite Internet service in Iran.
Musk’s suggestion that he would seek an exemption to provide service in Iran came as widespread protests erupted in the country’s Kurdistan region. The region is home to the Kurdish minority in Iran.
The demonstrations were organized to protest the death of a 22-year-old woman earlier this month while in police custody. The woman, Mahsa Amini, was arrested by the officers of the Iranian “moral police.”
The UN human rights office condemned Amini’s death and called for an investigation. The United Nations says ethics officials in the country have expanded their activities in recent months. They targeted women for not wearing the Islamic headscarf known as the hijab.
Iranian police denied mistreating Amini and said she had died of a heart attack. Iranian officials said they were investigating the incident.
in Iran, being able to On social media and some media content is severely restricted. In recent days, Internet monitoring group NetBlocks has reported “almost gross” flaw To connect to the Internet in the capital of the Iranian Kurdish region, where the protests erupted.
Shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine, Elon Musk announced that the Starlink service had been established in Ukraine. His announcement came after the NetBlocks group He said It has confirmed the occurrence of major disruptions in Internet service across Ukraine after the start of the invasion.
SpaceX recently said it has deployed more than 15,000 Starlink receivers in Ukraine. Musk said earlier this year that Russian forces were unable to disrupt Starlink’s service.
In April, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announce It helped bring 5,000 Starlink receivers to Ukraine through a “public-private partnership” with SpaceX.
The US Agency for International Development explained the deployment of the Starlink system in a statement. She said the receivers are intended to allow “public servants and important citizen service providers to continue communicating within Ukraine and with the outside world” when other communications services are disrupted.
I’m Brian Lynn.
Brian Lane wrote this story for VOA Learning English, based on reports from The Associated Press, Reuters, AFP and Twitter.
The words in this story
Exemption – n. Permission not to have to do or pay something
Punishment – n. Action taken to compel a country to comply with international laws by restricting trade or assistance to the country
being able to – n. The ability to find or see something
disable – Fifth. To interfere with normal activity
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