EU Commission, facing budget, schedule issues, willing to consider buying stake in non-EU broadband constellation

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS— The European Commission, heading off the possibility that it will have neither the funds nor the expertise to manage a constellation of broadband/quantum communications satellites, has asked industry to assess less-costly alternatives.

Options the Commission will assess include purchasing a minority stake in a non-EU constellation already being built. This capacity would later be supplemented by EU infrastructure.

Satellite fleet operators Telesat Canada, SES, Eutelsat, OneWeb’s Luxembourg office, Hispasat and Intelsat . . .

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