EU Commission publishes tender specifications for global satcom service, narrowband & broadband. Wants contract by Feb 2024

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The European Commission published its invitation to participate in its Union Secure Connectivity Program, known as Iris2, a multi-orbit broadband and narrowband satellite network to be managed under a concession agreement with a private-sector contractor.

In documents released March 23 and 24, the Commission maintains its estimate that Iris2’s total cost will be 6 billion euros ($5.5 billion), but over 12 years. Some of the funding will need to wait for the Commission’s next seven-year budget, starting in . . .

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