After false starts with OneWeb & Telesat LEO, EU Commission asks industry for broadband constellation proposal

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The European Commission has issued a call to Europe’s space sector to come up with a proposal for a constellation of broadband satellites that could satisfy both secure government-only and commercial digital-divide purposes.

The effort follows attempts earlier this year to have a European Union-backed purchase of the OneWeb broadband constellation out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and an effort to transform Telesat Canada’s LEO project, sill in need of financing, into an EU-Canada partnership.

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