This Tuesday, Europe's Galileo satellite navigation system will reach 1 billion smartphone users worldwide, according to a statement from the European Commission (EC) on Monday.
The milestone coincides with the 15th anniversary of the European Global Navigation Satellite System Agency (GSA), the EC's main partner in the operation, and is based on the number of smartphones sold worldwide that use the satellite. . According to the EC, today 95% of companies that make smartphone chips for satellite navigation make chips that make it possible to connect to what is also known as the “European GPS”.
Prior to a GSA event in the Czech Republic, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs assured that “Galileo is providing high quality navigation and time services to one billion smartphone users worldwide”.
And how did we get here? For Elżbieta Bieńkowska this is due to "a truly European effort to build the most accurate navigation system in the world, with GSA's support and dedication". And the Commissioner is confident about the future of the European Union's space program.
With the first tests to begin at the end of 2016, Galileo provides positioning and timing information, currently across 26 satellites, and has different applications. The aim of the 'European GPS' is to ensure Europe's independence from other satellite navigation systems and its strategic autonomy in satellite navigation.