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Chinese firm unveils plans to provide free worldwide WiFi with 272 satellites

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

A Chinese internet firm is planning to launch a constellation of 272 satellites by 2026 with an aim to provide free WiFi service worldwide and rival like and SpaceX, according to a media report Thursday.

LinkSure Network, founded in in 2013, markets itself as a global innovative company specialising in free internet access, content and location-based services on its official website.

It unveiled its first in the constellation plan on Tuesday.

"The will be launched from Jiuquan Launch Centre in Northwest China's province next year, and by 2020 there will be 10 satellites in space," the state-run Daily reported Thursday.

The constellation will have 272 satellites by 2026.

People could use their to search for provided by the constellation and browse the internet, even in regions where do not cover, the report said.

Wang Jingying, of LinkSure Network, said the company will invest 3 billion yuan (USD 431.4 million) into the plan.

She expressed hope that through different scenarios, applications and modes, the company could earn in the future.

According to the data from the United Nations, by the end of 2017, there were still 3.9 billion people not connected to the internet.

Because of the diversity and complexity of geomorphology, some infrastructure facilities of cannot be installed at some places, and therefore, might be an alternative.

Currently, many companies, including Google, SpaceX, and Telesat, have already launched plans to use satellites to provide

Also is building the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), stated to be rival to the US' (GPS).

It will be the fourth global after the US system, Russia's GLONASS and the European Union's Galileo.

too is building its navigational system called the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), with an operational name of NAVIC.

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 17:55 IST