In a key milestone, China’s first commercial 5G satellite has successfully passed its first communications test, paving the way for more internet-beaming satellites that can complement 5G base stations on the ground, according to private Chinese aerospace company GalaxySpace.
It comes as private American companies are racing to put thousands of internet satellites into orbit around the Earth. On Monday, SpaceX—the world’s biggest commercial satellite operator—launched 60 satellites, bringing the total Starlink constellation to 300 satellites. Starlink aims to begin services in northern US and Canada this year, with plans for global coverage by 2021. Amazon’s Project Kuiper also seeks to launch a worldwide satellite network.
This article first appeared on Abacus News.