(Yicai Global) June 9 – A Chinese state-owned enterprises has plans to launch 156 satellites into orbit to provide Wi-Fi hotspots around the world, hot on the heels of US internet giant Google, which has plans to launch 1,000 satellites for the same purpose.
The idea was unveiled to the public at the Global Space Exploration Conference 2017 yesterday, state-owned broadcaster CCTV reported. The project marks the first time China has proposed a low-orbit broadband system using small satellites.
China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp. will lead the program, which will offer hotspots around the world to support high-definition video calls, remote video conferencing, HD television streaming, in-flight phone calls and internet access for other purposes.
The firm initially announced plans in April this year, and hopes through its statement at the conference it will be able to gather global cooperation and support.