Elon Musk says about 100 Starlinks are currently active in Iran

On May 18, 2022, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 53 Starlink Internet satellites launched from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. (Joe Skipper/Reuters)

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said Monday that Starlink, the company’s satellite internet service, is nearing 100 in Iran.

In a tweet on Monday, Musk said he was “close to 100 Starlink active in Iran.”

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

Satellite-based broadband services could help Iranians bypass government restrictions on accessing the internet and certain social media platforms amid protests across the country.

The Islamic Republic is embroiled in protests that erupted after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in police custody in September after being arrested by morality police for “improperly dressed.”