A Chinese satellite operator is launching a new satellite phone service.
The operator said it would begin offering the service in early 2018.
The new service is the first of its kind in the country and is expected to boost mobile phone penetration in the southern city of Shanghai.
The service is called Leonardo.
The operator, X-Tel, said it was launching the service to improve mobile phone coverage in the city.
The plan will provide data for free and include the option of paying for voice calls, text messages and data.
X-Tel said it will provide the service on a “one-year lease” for $50 per month, but users will be able to cancel the lease after a few months.
Xtel’s service is similar to China’s GreatFire service, which provides coverage in cities in Xinjiang.