China launches first mobile telecoms satellite from Beijing
China has launched its first mobile telecommunications satellite.
The Tiantong-01 satellite will establish a mobile network serving China, the Middle East, Africa and other areas, the state run Xinhua news agency reported.
It was sent into space after midnight local time in Beijing (16:00 GMT) on Sunday.
The ground service will be operated by China Telecom, which is owned by the Chinese state.
The country is also preparing for the next round of its manned space mission.