This article originally appeared on ABACUS In a key milestone, China’s first commercial 5G satellite has successfully passed its first communications test, paving the way for more internet-beaming satellites that can complement 5G base stations on the ground, according to private Chinese aerospace company GalaxySpace . The low-orbit satellite was launched on January 16 , a year after China’s state-owned spacecraft developer launched its first satellite aimed at creating a broadband communications satellite system. It comes as private American companies are racing to put thousands of internet satellites into orbit around the Earth. On Monday, SpaceX -- the world’s biggest commercial satellite operator -- launched 60 satellites , bringing the total Starlink constellation to 300 satellites . Starlink aims to begin services in northern US and Canada this year, with plans for global coverage by 2021. Amazon’s Project Kuiper also seeks to launch a worldwide satellite network. Purchase the China AI Report 2020 brought to you by SCMP Research and enjoy a 20% discount (original price US$400). This 60-page all new intelligence report gives you first-hand insights and analysis into the latest industry developments and intelligence about China AI. Get exclusive access to our webinars for continuous learning, and interact with China AI executives in live Q&A. Offer valid until 31 March 2020.