PARIS — There is such a thing as an over-decorated Christmas tree, and the European Commission’s proposal for a satellite constellation serving secure connectivity, quantum encryption, universal broadband access and possibly even more use cases may be one.

The over-decoration starts with the all-star list of nine companies that on Dec. 23 confirmed their one-year contract valued at 7.1 million euros ($8 million). Satellite service providers Eutelsat, Hispasat and SES; satellite ground service provider Telespazio; satellite system prime . . .

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