China announced its first 5G network/LEO broadband satellite integration test this week, performed in Jinan and Beijing. The test apparently created a link between private networks in the two cities, and involved a simulation of a dangerous goods leak in a factory in Jinan, with staff in Beijing handling the accident simulation remotely via LEO satellite.
While it does not explicitly mention it, the test appears to have been done using Galaxy Space’s Galaxy-1 (Yinhe-1) satellite. Galaxy Space seems to be positioning itself as a space technology company with activities in different areas related to satellite internet, from manufacturing of broadband satellites and payloads, to testing of applications. Lastly, this simulation illustrates the advantages of 5G over 4G, the former having not only higher bandwidth but also lower latency.