China to boost global broadband connectivity with new satellite network

Updated 2018-03-12 09:16:03

A gif photo from a China Central Television program shows the Hongyan internet satellite. (Screenshot/news.cctv.com)

The era of the "The number you dial is out of reach" message will end with the launch of a constellation of hundreds of communication satellites, reports China Central Television.

China plans to put more than 300 satellites into a low Earth orbit to provide global communication services, with the first satellite set to be launched this year. The whole constellation is expected to be completed in 2023.

The constellation named Hongyan, "wild goose," is designed to meet increasing demand for Internet services, including faster and more stable global broadband access.

The head of the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), Zhang Hongtai said, "Our research is quite mature. Hongyan is composed of 54 core satellites and the final network will contain more than 300 satellites. We plan to put the first test satellite into orbit in 2018."

A gif photo from a China Central Television program shows the Hongyan internet satellite. (Screenshot/news.cctv.com)

The satellite constellation is expected to have broad commercial applications, including providing Internet services, enhancing navigation systems, and supporting aerial and maritime monitoring.

Once completed, the Hongyan-SAT satellite communication network will take the place of the ground-based network and allow a mobile phone to be connected everywhere on the planet, either in a remote desert or at sea, according to China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).

For twitter: You can be contacted anywhere in the world after China's Hongyan satellite system is completed, with a constellation of 300 satellites providing worldwide connectivity.

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