No timeline fixed for rolling out home-grown GPS alternative, clarifies Govt.

This clarification by the government came on September 26 after media reports suggested India was looking to mandate its indigenous navigation system "within months"

September 27, 2022 10:46 am | Updated 02:06 pm IST - New Delhi:

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The Centre has said that it has held a meeting with mobile manufacturers to discuss the compatibility of the home-grown global positioning system—NavIC—in smartphones, but no timeline was fixed for its implementation.

This clarification by the government came on September 26 after media reports suggested India was looking to mandate its indigenous navigation system "within months". The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) said the meeting was "consultative".

"A media report has claimed citing a meeting that mobile cos were asked to make smartphones compatible with NavIC within months. This is to clarify: (1) No timeline has been fixed. (2) The cited meeting was consultative; and (3) the issue is under discussion with all stakeholders," the Ministry of Electronics and IT said in a tweet late on Monday night.

What is NavIC? How is it different from its previous version IRNSS?

NavIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation) is the name of the independent stand-alone navigation satellite system of India. This system was earlier known as IRNSS (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System). The name NavIC was given by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April 2016.

Which are the navigation satellite systems operational currrently in the world?

Presently, there are four global systems viz., GPS from the U.S., GLONASS from Russia, Galileo from European Union and BeiDou from China. In addition, there are two regional systems viz., NavIC from India and QZSS from Japan.

What is the need for NavIC when already GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou are operating?

GPS and GLONASS are operated by defence agencies of the respective nations. It is possible that the civilian service can be degraded or denied. NavIC is an independent regional system over the Indian region and does not depend on other systems for providing position service within the service region. It is fully under the control of the Government of India.

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