Europe’s Galileo global navigation satellite system is now enabling global positioning services on over one billion smartphones, the GSA agency said this week, as European industry and political leaders gathered in Prague to mark the landmark.
The Galileo satellite constellation is Europe’s alternative to the US’s Global Positioning System (GPS).
At the time of writing there are 156 Galileo-enabled smartphone models available on the market.
The number of smartphone chipsets that are manufactured with Galileo receivers is expected by European authorities to grow from 1.8 billion units in 2019 to 2.7 billion units in 2029.
GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides commented: