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However, the Turkish government did not accept every offer of help it got. Elon Musk said on Twitter that SpaceX could provide satellite telecoms assistance through the Starlink network, with government approval. But an unnamed senior Turkish official declined Musk’s proposal, according to a report from Bloomberg. The official noted that Turkey has enough satellite capacity as is. Though certain areas are without electricity, the country reportedly has ground stations powered by batteries aiding with continued connectivity. 

Musk has previously made similar offers of Starlink network connection to other countries in times of crisis, as in the Ukraine, following Russia’s invasion. In Iran, too, the billionaire said he had activated Starlink’s internet service in October, after the country cut off web access amid protests.

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SpaceX is scheduled to launch the first communication satellite built in Turkey, Turksat 6A, into orbit sometime in the next few months.