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Shanghai Government Announces Big Satcom Plans

By Blaine Curcio
November 9, 2023
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Shanghai Government Announces Big Satcom Plans
Artist Renditioning of Smart SkyNet.
Image credit: Shanghai Qingshen Technology Development Co., Ltd.

The world of Chinese telecoms regulations has been surprisingly boring since the beginning of time. In short, the government controls the networks, and that’s all there is to say. The big three Chinese telcos (China Telecom, China Unicom, and China Mobile) are all state-owned, and access to the internet is tightly controlled. And in general, the same has applied to satellite communications, with state-owned China Satcom having an effective monopoly in mainland China, and with most indications being that China’s Non-Geostationary Orbit (NGSO) constellation(s) will be state-run.


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Blaine Curcio

Blaine Curcio is the leading Chinese space industry analyst, having been based in Greater China since 2011, and having been working in the space and satcom sector since 2010. He is founder of Hong Kong-based Orbital Gateway Consulting, a research and consulting firm focused on the Chinese space sector, and is Affiliate Senior Consultant at Euroconsult, a leading space industry consulting firm.