December 28, 2013

China to take free navigation system global

The world can expect to use China's "reliable" global positioning and navigation services for free by 2020, the director of the country's satellite navigation office said on Friday.

"The Beidou Navigation Satellite System is committed to providing services to the whole world — currently for the Asia-Pacific — for free," said Ran Chengqi, director of the China Satellite Navigation Office.
The office released two documents to specify China's homegrown navigation system's open service performance standard and to facilitate research and development of various terminals for global users.