In response to the call of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) to accelerate the building of a aerospace power, China Satcom has fully seized the development opportunities brought about by the "Going Global" strategy and the Belt and Road Initiative and made active efforts to successfully build China's first autonomous and controllable global satellite broadband communication network featuring "space-ground integration" step by step, by using domestic satellite resources.
The global network of China Satcom is based in Beijing hub station as the core of management and business convergence, and interconnected with seven autonomous and controllable telecommunications ports in the world, covering East Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, West Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, the Americas and Oceania, as well as major routes in the Indian Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean and the North Pacific Ocean. It has become an important channel of air information safe transmission for Chinese enterprises to "go global."
The global network can not only provide safe and reliable satellite broadband access services such as enterprise interconnection, Internet access, and audio and video applications for the countries and regions, ports, global ocean shipping, and offshore oil and gas platforms covered by network, but also provide safe and reliable integrated application services such as mobile ocean voice, data interaction, video conferencing and monitoring for the Chinese enterprises that "go global." At present, there are more than 2,000 satellite communication terminals worldwide that are operating in the network.
The Mombasa–Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) is a railway construction project connecting Nairobi, capital of Kenya, to Mombasa, an important port city in East Africa, which was undertaken by China Road & Bridge Corporation at the end of 2013. This project is an important part of the East African Railway Network. The SGR, with a total length of 479 km, had 7 tender sections and 23 construction camps. A general command center was set in Nairobi, and three sub-command centers were set in Beijing, Mombasa, and Mtito Andei. The planned construction period was 60 months. By means of satellite communications, China Satcom realized the real-time information communication for domestic Internet access, video conferencing, and office OA in the general command center and sub-command centers of the project, thereby greatly reducing communication costs and improving communication efficiency. China Satcom provided stable and reliable communication support for the project's design, supervision, and construction organizations to communicate with domestic organizations.
During the construction of Gwadar Port, Pakistan, China Satcom and China Communications Construction Co., Ltd. signed a satellite communications service agreement for the construction of the Gwadar Free Trade Zone project in September 2016, with a view to providing users with 7*24 satellite communications and transmission services. The services improved the communication efficiency between overseas construction personnel and domestic head office and effectively reduced the costs of work communication. The implementation of the project was completed on March 29, 2017. It is currently the communication platform between the project command center and the Beijing-based headquarters which can learn the project progress at any time through video. The platform has been well received by users.
In the International Shoe City project in Ethiopia, China Satcom cooperated with China Huajian Group in the construction of the Huajian International Shoe City in Ethiopia and established the "Dongguan-Ethiopia Chairman Line" in 2014, providing video conferencing and Internet access services, and solving the problem of poor communication in the Ethiopian plant. With a view to building the "Global Satellite Data Broadcasting Network" of Xinhua News Agency, in addition to Chinese mainland, China Satcom established 12 sites in other Asia-Pacific and African countries and regions, including North Korea, Macao SAR (China), Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya and Eritrea from 2015 to 2016. This network provides news articles for global media users as an important channel for Xinhua News Agency to publish news information. This project has improved the information transmission rate of the "Global Satellite Broadcasting Network" of Xinhua News Agency, expanded the coverage of satellites and the types of supported satellite broadcasting data services, and effectively enhanced the information dissemination ability of Xinhua News Agency to "tell Chinese stories," "spread Chinese voice," and "interpret Chinese characteristics."
In the COSCO Group's ship-shore VSAT communication system construction project—a demonstration project for the application of the National Ocean Shipping Management IoT, China Satcom established a satellite communications system for COSCO Group's dozens of ocean-going vessels in 2016, thereby creating a reliable and available global network for ocean shipping IoT. Based on this network, ocean shipping enterprises can offer many types of IoT-related services such as ship tracking, remote monitoring of ship health status, monitoring of important cargoes, remote medical care for crews, and ideological and political work for crews. As data is transmitted through the autonomous and controllable satellite network, important shipping information is prevented from being acquired by foreign countries and data security is ensured.