04 March 2018
Two Chinese companies are competing to build a planetary mobile broadband internet service based on low-orbiting satellite networks. The first company, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation CASC, will launch 54 satellites in the first phase and 246 more in subsequent phases, China's Science and Technology Daily reported on 04 March. The second company, China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation CASIC, plans to send 156 satellites into low LEO by 2022 for the Project Hongyun. The satellites will enable global internet service to ground, shipboard, airborne and mobile terminals, Bao Weimin, Head of the first corporation's science and technology committee was quoted as saying in the report. Any individual or object will be able to stay seamlessly connected underwater in the deep oceans including the Arctic and Antarctic, or in regions along the Belt and Road route, said Bao.
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