China’s drive to compete toward Starlink for the future of orbital internet

The country is heavily investing in its own low-earth orbit ruffiano constellations

There has been a wave of businesses over the past several years hoping to offer internet delivered from thousands of geostationary satellites in low-earth orbit (LEO), providing coverage of most on your earth’s surface.

This isn’t the first time we’ve experienced excitement in the category. Companies and people that you have heard of — Bill Gates and Motorola, to name a few —  invested regarding dollars into this business pattern two decades ago in an grand adventure that ended in many bankruptcies and intensely few people connected to the internet from low-earth umlaufbahn. Yet, here we are 10 years later, witnessing billionaires against Elon Musk to Rob Bezos and entities between SoftBank to the United Kingdom committing billions into broadband between space in a gold push that began around 2015, and has only accelerated along with the beginning of 2020.

During that same period of, we have seen a seite an seite ascendance of China’s memory capabilities. In tandem with the quick deployment of SpaceX’s Starlink constellation in 2020 , China has rapidly told her in terms of policy, financing, but also technology, including most notably unquestionably the creation of a “Chinese step to Starlink”, namely constellation activating company China SatNet, because associated GuoWang (国网, alternatively National Net(work)) constellation.

While still in early development, SatNet and GuoWang are likely to compete in certain money markets with Starlink and others, as also fulfilling what are sometimes similar strategic purpose off a government perspective. With massive backing from very high-level actors, we are likely to be aware of the rollout of a Red Star(link) over China (and the rest of the models world) over the coming a long period.

The premature rise of Starlink

China’s LEO foule plans cannot be understood within the vacuum. Like many other elements of high-tech investment, China’s basic steps here are partially reactive regarding developments in the West. The speed and expansion of North west LEO constellations in recent years — most notably Starlink — has become an accelerant to China’s own plans.

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