Elon Musk stated that SpaceX will request a sanction exemption from the US government in order to provide internet connection in Iran.
SpaceX will seek an exemption from US sanctions to be able to provide satellite internet service to Iran, company owner Elon Musk announced on Monday.
In response to a science writer's tweet, Musk stated that "Starlink will seek an exemption from sanctions against Iran."
In his initial statement, Elon Musk claimed that the Starlink satellite internet service is now available on every continent, “even in Antarctica,” and the business aims to increase connectivity by launching up to 42.000 satellites.
Erfan Kasraie, a science journalist of Iranian origin, sought Musk's response, tweeting that expanding the service to Iran could "really change the game for the future" of the country.
Starlink is a communication platform consisting of satellites in low earth orbit that will be launched at the end of 2020 to provide high-speed broadband access to users in areas where fixed and mobile terrestrial networks are underserved.
The service gained attention after providing the Ukrainian military with antennas and modems to help it improve its communications during its conflict with Russia.
Starlink generates income by selling antennas, modems and subscriptions at prices varying according to the country.
Nearly 2019 Starlink satellites have been operational since 3.000, and SpaceX launches one of its own Falcon 9 rockets on average once a week.
The country has been subject to tighter US sanctions since previous president Donald Trump canceled the 2015 deal on Iran's nuclear program.
Iran's demand for long-term guarantees from Washington stalled negotiations, despite current president Joe Biden's support for renegotiating the deal.
Further sanctions were imposed on Iran after a Tehran-based company helped ship drones to Russia this month, and in response to a major cyberattack against Albania in July, reported by the Iranian intelligence service.