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China launches first satellite for mobile

08 AUG 2016

China launched its first satellite for mobile communications, which will serve China, the Middle East, Africa, and the Pacific and Indian Oceans, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Tiantong-1 satellite was developed by the China Academy of Space Technology and will be operated by China Telecom.

Xinhua said additional satellites operating in the S-band will be added to the mobile communications network as demand grows.

The satellite project is aimed at delivering mobile service in hard-to-reach areas and as backup during national disasters.

Tiantong-1 is a key component of the country’s space programme.

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