Elon Musk says there are already about 100 active Starlinks in Iran

Dec 26 (Reuters) – SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Monday the company was now close to having 100 active Starlinks in Iran, three months after he tweeted that he would activate satellite internet service during protests in islamic country

“Approaching 100 active starlinks in Iran,” he said in a tweet on Monday.

The billionaire had said in September that he would activate Starlink in Iran as part of a US-backed effort “to advance internet freedom and the free flow of information” for Iranians.

The satellite broadband service could help Iranians circumvent government-imposed restrictions on access to the internet and certain social media platforms during protests across the country.

The Islamic Republic has been engulfed in protests that erupted after the death in September of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while in police custody after being detained by the morality police for wearing “inappropriate attire”. (Reporting by Akanksha Khushi in Bengaluru Edited in Spanish by Aida Peláez-Fernández)

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