Wednesday, 22 September 2021

EU plans satellite constellation but Eutelsat’s role is in question

by Harry Baldock, Total Telecom
Tuesday 25 May 21

The European Union (EU) says that Eutelsat’s recent acquisition of a minority stake in UK-based OneWeb could result in a conflict of interest, since the satellite specialist is also involved with the EU’s own low Earth orbit (LEO) constellation project

With the likes of SpaceX’s Starlink programme and Amazon’s Project Kuiper about to get underway, the EU has recently announced that it has plans to build its own LEO satellite constellation for broadband connectivity. The project seeks to make broadband connectivity available throughout the EU, particularly in areas which are typically unfeasible or too expensive to cover with conventional connectivity. Part of the motivation here is the fact that the EU is lacking a major presence in this emerging satellite broadband space…

With the likes of SpaceX’s Starlink programme and Amazon’s Project Kuiper about to get underway, the EU has recently announced that it has plans to build its own LEO satellite constellation for broadband connectivity. The project seeks to make broadband connectivity available throughout the EU, particularly in areas which are typically unfeasible or too expensive to cover with conventional connectivity. Part of the motivation here is the fact that the EU is lacking a major presence in this emerging satellite broadband space…

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