It was sent into space after midnight local time in Beijing (16:00 GMT)
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
On Saturday two launch rockets arrived at a launch centre in northwest
China. They will carry a second module of the country’s planned space
station - replacing Tiangong 1which has ended its service - and a
staffed spacecraft called Shenzou-11.