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Race for more LEOs to propagate 5G is on!

China is set to launch a constellation of 192 AI-controlled satellites next year, following SpaceX's and Amazon’s ambitious plan to conquer the space with 12,000 and 3,236 LEO (Low-Earth Orbit) satellites respectively.

According to International Business Times, China’s constellation of LEO satellites will be equipped with multiple resolution sensors for traffic and environmental monitoring while orbiting around 500km above Earth’s surface.

Earlier last week, Amazon sought permission from the US communications regulator FCC to launch a total of 3,236 LEO satellites to bridge the broadband gap worldwide. Known as Project Kuiper, the planned constellation will provide the backbone to building “mobile broadband connectivity services for aircraft, maritime vessels and land vehicles”.

The company’s filing states: “The Kuiper System will deliver satellite broadband communications services to tens of millions of unserved and underserved consumers and businesses in the US and around the globe.”

In fact, LEO satellites proved to be a game-changer in transporting 5G networks during a test conducted by Newtec and Telesat.

Michel Forest, director of engineering at Telesat, said in a statement: “Telesat is pleased to be collaborating with innovative companies such as Newtec that recognise the potential of Telesat’s LEO system to enable demanding low-latency 5G applications such as 4K video streaming.

“This demonstration confirms that Telesat’s state-of-the-art LEO architecture delivers on the promise of latency-sensitive and high bitrate applications such as in 5G connectivity.”

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