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Smartphone manufacturers have shaken up the focus on the home navigation system

India is pushing smartphone makers to make new devices compatible with its domestic navigation system by next year.

According to a report by Reuters, the move has raised concerns among tech giants such as Samsung, Xiaomi and Apple, who fear increased costs and disruption as it would require hardware changes. The push for a new domestic navigation system is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s push for self-sufficiency.

Over the years, India has expanded the use of its regional navigation system, Navigation with the Indian Constellation (NavIC). The Indian government aims to reduce its dependence on foreign systems, including the widely used US Global Positioning System (GPS). China, the European Union, Japan and Russia are some of the countries with their own global or regional navigation system as opposed to GPS.

According to the Government of India, NavIC provides more accurate domestic navigation and its use is likely to benefit the economy.

What is NavIC?

NavIC is an independent, self-contained navigation satellite system developed by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). Originally approved in 2006 at a total cost of $174 million, NavIC was expected to be completed by the end of 2011. However, it did not become fully operational until 2018.

It consists of eight satellites and covers mainland India up to 1,500 km (930 mi) from its borders. NavIC usage is minimal and is used to track vehicles on land, provide emergency warnings to fishermen venturing into the deep sea, and monitor and provide information related to natural disasters.

How does NavIC compare?

The main difference is the service area covered by these systems. While GPS caters to users worldwide and its satellites orbit the Earth twice a day, NavIC is currently for use in India and adjacent areas.

Why is India promoting NavIC?

NavIC is an indigenous positioning system under Indian control, designed to reduce dependence on foreign navigation systems. There is no risk of withdrawal or denial of service in this situation. While relying on systems like GPS and GLONASS may not always be reliable as they are operated by the respective countries’ defense agencies.

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