Europe plans to have its own internet satellites

In a bid to reinforce European strategic autonomy, this month the EU Commission has announced plans to build a 6 billion euro (US$6.8 billion) secure internet satellite system.

The aim is to provide reliable and fast internet across Europe and worldwide, to minimize communication dead zones and improve cohesion among the EU’s member states.

The plan integrates the EU’s defense policy ambitions with its economic interests on boosting strategic autonomy by providing an alternative to Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starlink satellite internet network with 42,000 planned satellites, Jeff Bezos’ Kuiper network with 3,200 planned satellites and the UK government’s OneWeb network with 650 planned satellites.

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