The announcement by Europe focuses on the development of a constellation of satellites. This seeks to promote cooperation between the civil, defense and space industries of the states that form part of the EU.
The goal: a satellite internet service with speed and latency similar to Starlink in parts of the continent where fixed networks do not reach.
According to what they indicate, it would be a new space communications system that should “lead to improvements such as better access to high-speed connectivity for everyone in Europe”.
Although the proposal published by the European Commission does not mention speed, it sets as its objective the same speeds and latency offered by existing services. The main example would be Starlink, which advertises speeds of up to 200 Mb and latencies of 20 ms.
The Internet connection with Starlink in Rural Spain works at fiber speeds
As detailed by the European Commission in a statement, this initiative will contribute to “safeguarding the efficiency and safety of our current assets, while developing cutting-edge European space technology and our economy”.
The cost? 6,000 million euros, which would come from a public part, which will be used for the communication needs of the administration, to connect critical infrastructures, guarantee communication in the event of a crisis, and maritime and border surveillance.
And then a private part. Companies that wish to invest in the project. The benefit they will obtain from this work will be the possibility of being able to enjoy this network to serve the mass market. Security will be a priority and in addition to only allow the participation of European companies and technology, it will use quantum cryptography to protect the transmitted information.
“It will enable the provision of commercial services by the private sector that can enable access to advanced, reliable and fast connections to citizens and businesses across Europe, including in communication dead zones, ensuring cohesion between the Member States”, they affirm from the European Commission.
The EU will make an initial investment of 2,400 million euros. The forecast is to start with the initial development in 2023, provide the first services and test quantum cryptography in 2025 to have the network in full service as of 2028.