Could the world have free internet by 2026?
A Chinese internet technology company has announced a plan to bring this into reality.
Shanghai-based company LinkSure Network, which says its mission is to bridge the world’s digital inequalities.
The plan is called “LinkSure Swarm Constellation System”. It would see 272 satellites set at different orbits and heights in order to span the entire globe.
The first satellite, LinkSure No 1, is set to launch in north-west China in 2019 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre as part of the payload on board one of China’s Long March rockets.
Ten further satellites will be sent into orbit by 2020.
Currently, around 3.9 billion people are still unable to access the internet, according to a report from the United Nations in 2017.