Germany questions Iris2 public-private model, wants a redesign; industry has doubts too; SES-Intelsat capex plan is telling

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The latent divisions among European Union governments on the Iris2 secured communications satellite network have become more public in the wake of Germany’s call that the project be completely rethought and made less costly.

Germany has long questioned whether Iris2, designed as a public-private partnership in which industry and EU governments would both invest, was not an overly ambitious and complicated project.

European industry has said pretty much the same thing, but has held out the hope that a way of satisfying . . .

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