3GPP approves NaVIC for global commercial use

October 24, 2019  - By
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Global mobile wireless standards body 3GPP has given its approval to the regional navigation system created by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), known as NaVIC, reports The Times of India.

The approval was given for the system’s use in Rel-16 LTE and Rel-17 5G NR specifications, paving the way for wider commercial adoption of NaVIC and allowing it to be integrated with 4G, 5G and internet of things technology (IoT).

Once these specifications are adopted by Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI), IoT devices in India can make a switch from GPS to NaVIC.

Electronics companies can start designing and building integrated circuits and mass manufacture other products created to be compatible with NaVIC.

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