In a joint plan to provide free Wi-Fi services worldwide, a Chinese company has unveiled the very first satellite. The company, LinkSure Network, has offered a statement about the move, saying that the spacecraft will be launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Northwest of China’s Gansu province next year. It is expected that by 2010, there will be a total of 10 satellites in space.
According to the Constellation plan, there will be a total of 272 satellites, which are all expected to have been launched by 2026. After that, people will be able to use their mobile phones to search for internet services provided by the constellation and browse the internet for free, even in regions that telecom networks do not cover.
The CEO of LinkSure Network Wang Jingying said that his company would invest an amount of CNY 3 billion, which is about $431.4 million or roughly Rs. Three thousand crores into this plan. She believes that the company will be able to recover that amount in the future through other scenarios applications and modes.
The internet is becoming more critical by the day, not just as a source of information but also as a great source of employment for some people and even as an excellent way of keeping in touch with loved ones. By the end of last year, there still were about 3.9 billion people who were not connected to the internet as per data from the UN. At the moment, many tech companies, including SpaceX, OneWeb, Google, and Telesat, have already unveiled their plans to use satellite and balloons to provide free internet access across the globe.
At the beginning of this month, SpaceX won a US Federal Communications Commissions approval to put up 7,000 more of its Starlink Internet Satellites into orbit. This plan involves 12,000 satellites which will blanket the entire earth with wireless internet access. The first satellites on this plan were launched in February, and the company won approval to launch its first 4,400 satellites next month. SpaceX’s initial goal was to deploy 1,600 satellites in the next few years.