NavIC Deployment: No Timeline Set for Implementing Indigenous GPS Alternative, Says MeitY

The central government said it had held a meeting with mobile phone manufacturers to discuss the compatibility of the local global positioning system – NavIC – in smartphones, but no timetable has been set for its implementation.

The clarification by the government came on Monday after media suggested that India was seeking to impose its native navigation system “within months”.

The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) said the meeting was “advisory”.

“A media report claimed to have cited a meeting where mobile cos were asked to make smartphones compatible with NavIC within months. This is to clarify: (1) No timetable has been set. (2 ) The cited meeting was consultative; and (3) the matter is being discussed with all stakeholders,” the Department of Electronics and Computing said in a tweet late Monday.

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

NavIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation) is the name of India’s independent and autonomous satellite navigation system.

This system was previously known as IRNSS (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System).

The name NavIC was coined by the Prime Minister of India upon the completion of the constellation in April 2016.

What satellite navigation systems are currently operational in the world?

Currently, there are four global systems, GPS from the United States, GLONASS from Russia, Galileo from the European Union, and BeiDou from China.

Additionally, there are two regional systems, NavIC from India and QZSS from Japan.

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

GPS and GLONASS are operated by the defense agencies of the respective nations. Civil service may be degraded or refused.

NavIC is an independent regional system over the Indian region and does not depend on other systems to provide position service in the service region.

It is completely under the control of the Indian government.

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