The role of satellite systems for secure, fast, remote and cross-border connectivity is increasingly recognized.

In this respect, and in addition to the establishment of the GovSatCom component in the EU Space Programme Regulation, a new framework for a secure space-based connectivity system is being proposed and was open to feedback in 2021. A legislative proposal is expected in the coming weeks of 2022 with the first services by 2024. Among other aspects, the new infrastructure aims to ensure high-speed internet, redundancy with terrestrial infrastructure, provide Africa with a connectivity offering and ensure security through quantum encryption.

In this respect, the European Quantum Communication Infrastructure Initiative (EuroQCI) continues underway, with funding being provided by a set of EU programmes, such as the Digital Europe Programme and the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme, as well as Horizon Europe. The CEF has an overall budget of 33.71 billion for the period 2021-2027. The first Work Programme for the digital part of the CEF (CEF Digital, which covers digital infrastructure) defines the scope and objectives of the EU-supported actions needed to improve Europe's digital connectivity infrastructures for 3 years, under which the Commission is to invest more than EUR 1 billion for innovative and secure connectivity.

The transposition of the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC), approved in 2018, and which brought important changes with impact also in satcom network and service providers, has also been under discussion in 2021 in many EU countries, such as in Portugal, with transposition being expected in 2022.

In Africa, investment in satcom is also increasing, with communication satellites launches being planned in countries such as South Africa and Angola.