China to spy through satellites over internet

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Tesla company owner Elon Musk announced last year that his SpaceX Starlink internet service will reach to the remote places on continents like Africa and Asia providing connectivity to the people in rural areas who lack at least the basic communication services.

China is all set to follow the same path as it has applied for a license to access spectrum for a ‘national network of satellites’ dubbed “Mega Constellation” in 2020.

The news that it applied for the 5G mobile internet license leaked now as the Xi Jinping led nation has started the work to establish several ground stations in China that will access the internet beamed by the satellites.

Information is out that the Republic of China is planning to launch over 13,000 low orbiting satellites into the earth’s atmosphere to use them as mediating points to transit 5G mobile internet to rural areas.

Already the city of Chongqing in the east of China is getting ready for the rollout of 5G mobile internet services from September 2022 and will be the first remote place to get 5G internet connectivity.

While the Tesla chief plans to make his satellite based internet services available across the world, China wants to keep its services restricted to Asia and Middle East.

However, privacy advocates from west argue that the move is to increase its spying radars to other neighboring nations and to conduct espionage on political, Geo, and economic activities taking place in and around China.

Note 1- After the launch of Bio war in the name of COVID-19 Pandemic, none of the nations in the 7 continents can believe China, especially after it denied any such happenings from its side in July 2020.

Note 2- SpaceX Starlink is a constellation of over 2000 satellites that will face the earth in the space and will beam internet.

Note 3- Pretty soon, other tech companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook owner Meta are said to join the parade.

Note 4- China wants to dominate this satellite internet segment from 2025 and is planning to place over 13k satellites in space by then.

Note 5- So what we should/can do…? Just watch the developments like spectators and raise our voice after the damage has done.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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