German government: Global LEO broadband constellation is strategic asset that cannot include Chinese ownership

by Peter B. de Selding

UPDATE Sept. 27: This story has been updated to include a Sept. 26 statement by Kleo Connect GmbH, majority-owned by Chinese shareholders, protesting the German government decision and saying it would appeal it.

PARIS — The German government has issued an extraordinary decision in a case involving a Chinese attempt to wrest control of an ITU license for two 300-satellite Ka-band broadband constellations from Rivada Space Networks, affirming Rivada’s ownership of an asset of strategic interest and saying China’s geopolitical strategy is a threat to the West.

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