SINGAPORE — At least a dozen satellite companies are pursuing the difficult-to-tap market of providing broadband access to the 4 billion people who don’t have it. Most are proposing to use hundreds of satellites in low Earth orbit, or large geostationary-orbit satellites that each cover a third of the planet.

Methera Global Communications of Britain, which has received initial design grants from the UK government, has applied for a license to operate up to 64 satellites in medium-Earth orbit.

Unlike the GEO and LEO companies . . .

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