According to a media report on Thursday, a Chinese internet technology company is making a plan to launch a constellation of 272 satellites by 2016 with an aim to supply free Wi-Fi service worldwide and rival the tech giants like SpaceX and Google.
LinkSure Network that was founded in Shanghai in 2013 and markets itself as a global innovative mobile internet company specializing in content, location-based services and free internet access on its official sites.
It revealed that its first satellite in the constellation plan on Thursday.
“The satellite will be launched from Jiuquan Satelite Launch Center in Northwest China’s Gansu province next year in space,” reported by China Daily on Thursday.
They will launch a constellation of 272 satellites by 2016.
The report said that people could use their mobile phones to search for internet services that are provided by the constellation. You will browse the internet even in a region where telecom network does not cover.
The CEO of LinkSure Network, Wang Jingying said that the company will invest 3 billion yangs (USD 431.1 million) into this plan.
She expressed her hope that vis different scenarios, mods, and applications, the company could earn in the future.
According to a statistic of the United Nations, by the end of 2017, there were still 3.9 billion people that are not connected to the internet.
For the cause of complexity and diversity of geomorphology, some facilities of telecom networks cannot be installed at some places, and therefore, satellite constellation might help in this case.
Recently, many companies like SpaceX, Google, OneWeb and Telesat have already planned to use satellites to deliver free internet access.
LinkSure Network will be the fourth global satellite navigation system after the US GPS system, Russia’s GLONASS and the European Union’s Galileo.
India is also building its own navigational system called the Indian Regional Navigation Satelite System (IRNSS) with an operational name of NAVigation of Indian Constellation (NAVIC).