China has announced the completion of the initial phase of establishing a satellite communication network in Earth orbit.
With the help of this communication network, it will be possible to provide satellite internet service to China as well as to many countries involved in the Belt and Road project.
The Chinese project will be an alternative to Elon Musk’s company SpaceX’s Starlink satellite service.
The satellite network is developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
According to this organization, the network will provide internet service to several sectors including aviation, emergency services and energy.
The initial network includes ChinaSat 16, 19 and 26 satellites and will provide Internet services across China as well as Russia, Southeast Asia, Mongolia, India, the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.
It should be noted that China is the first country in the world to introduce satellite calling features on smartphones during the summer of 2023, for which various satellites were sent into Earth orbit.
Experts compared China’s network to Starlink, saying that the Chinese network would require fewer satellites for internet coverage over a larger area.
In comparison, the Starlink network has so far sent more than 5,000 satellites into low Earth orbit.
According to experts, satellite Internet systems in low Earth orbit will prove to be the best in the future, but China’s system in upper orbit is better now.
Experts suggested that China should invest in establishing low-Earth orbit satellite networks to introduce 6G technology and hit Starlink.