Chinese firm unveils plans to provide free worldwide WiFi with 272 satellites

[Dec 03, 2018]

LinkSure Network unveiled its first satellite in the constellation plan which will consist of 272 satellites by 2026. People could use their mobile phones to search for internet services provided by the constellation and browse the internet, even in regions where telecom networks do not cover, the company said. It will invest 3 billion yuan (USD 431.4 million) into the plan.

LinkSure Network, founded in Shanghai in 2013, markets itself as a global innovative mobile internet company specialising in free internet access, content and location-based services on its official website.

People could use their mobile phones to search for internet services provided by the constellation and browse the internet, even in regions where telecom networks do not cover, the report said.

According to the data from the United Nations, by the end of 2017, there were still 3.9 billion people not connected to the internet.

Currently, many companies, including Google, SpaceX, OneWeb and Telesat, have already launched plans to use satellites to provide free internet access.

Also China is building the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), stated to be rival to the US’ Global Positioning System (GPS).

It will be the fourth global satellite navigation system after the US GPS system, Russia’s GLONASS and the European Union’s Galileo.

India too is building its navigational system called the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), with an operational name of NAVIC.


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