Italy makes initial commitment to Vega-launched, Ka-Q/V-band, $393M government broadband satellite

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The Italian government has contracted for Phase 1 of a 353-million-euro ($393-million) Ka-band government telecommunications satellite to be used by Italian national and regional governments and as a bargaining chip for Italy’s participation in the European Commission’s GovSatCom program.

Italy’s Mirror GovSatCom, also referred to as Ital-GovSatCom, is being financed by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development as part of the ministry’s Space Economy initiative. Twelve regional governments taking small stakes to assure the participation of their . . .

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