Israel in talks with SpaceX to roll out Starlink internet services: Minister
"The ministry promotes the purchase of these satellite devices for the benefit of mayors and heads of settlements in the conflict line settlements'' says Israeli communications minister
The Israeli government is in discussions with Elon Musk’s SpaceX to roll out Starlink internet services for communities near the conflict zone.
Israel Minister of Communications Shlomo Karhi said that an activity is taking place to coordinate the company 'Starlink' in Israel, so that it will be possible to operate satellite communication terminals of Space-X, which will allow connection to broadband Internet in Israel.
“Also, under the guidance of the minister, the ministry promotes the purchase of these satellite devices for the benefit of mayors and heads of settlements in the conflict line settlements,” Karhi posted on X.
"At the same time, a readiness test of the companies for an emergency in the northern region is carried out; cellular communication sites and fixed communication to the Internet,” the minister informed.
Starlink is not available in Israel as of now. The satellite-based internet provides a critical edge during conflicts or wars.
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The X owner later said that he never authorised it to be used, and, “If I had agreed to their request, then SpaceX would be explicitly complicit in a major act of war and conflict escalation”.
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Published: 18 Oct 2023, 1:40 PM