The European Union has reached an agreement to establish its own satellite internet system worth 6 billion euros.
This comes as result of the EUs determination to improve its own space and communications sector and ensure security by reducing reliance on foreign sources.
In February, the European Commission announced an initiative to build and operate a satellite Internet system, and the need for it comes amid growing concerns about Russian and Chinese military advances in space and the rise in their satellite launches.
Having its own satellite Internet system could help the EU bloc speed up the rollout of broadband in Europe, which would also cover Africa, allowing the Union to offer an alternative to Chinese competitors there.
A satellite Internet network could back up terrestrial networks in the event of major outages or disasters, and offer connections in places not covered by traditional service providers, Reuters reports.
The development and installation of satellites could start next year, and in Brussels they announce that the process should end by 2028.