Presently, China is nowhere near the top 10 countries with the best internet connectivity but that could change in the near future as China Aerospace Science & Industry Corporation (CASIC) has announced the country’s plans to send an army of 156 mini-satellite into space in order to speed up its broadband coverage.
The entire 156 mini-satellites will orbit at 1,000 km above the ground and according to CASIC, it’s the first low orbiting, networked satellite project developed in China. Orbiting at a low altitude would ensure that there wouldn’t be signal delay.
The satellites are apparently ka-band satellites as they are said to fall in the 26.5GHz to 40GHz frequencies bands which is the range of the ka-band. The Ka-band has become the band of choice for many satellite operators due to its increasing capacity availability and its applicability for broadband services. The project is a long term one as the first satellite will be sent into space before next year and then four more will join by 2020 to form a constellation. All 156 mini-satellites will be in operation by the end of 2025.