Last year, in Nov. 2018, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a waiver, allowing hardware devices in the States to access signals transmitted by the Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). Following this, all major players in the US chip manufacturing industry are gearing-up for Galileo roll-out on US soil.
At a meeting on Thursday, Nov. 15th, 2018, last year, the US FCC partially granted a request from the European Commission for FCC rule waiver, to allow devices in the US access specific signals transmitted by Galileo GNSS.
Following this FCC grant, consumers and industry in the US will now be able to access certain satellite signals from the Galileo system, which can further be used in conjunction with the US Global Positioning System (GPS). US chip manufacturers plan to utilize the improved availability, reliability, and resiliency Galileo offers into devices to attract customers.
Carlo des Dorides, Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency (GSA), stated, “This is an important market development opportunity for manufacturers in the U.S. The FCC ruling means that industry can now benefit from the use of Galileo signals. The added accuracy and robustness offered by multi-constellation and multi-frequency capability will be a key differentiator on the market”.
“We are glad to see FCC supporting Broadcom’s dual frequency GNSS vision, for which the GPS and Galileo combination is key,” added Vijay Nagarajan, VP Marketing Wireless Connectivity and Communication Division at Broadcom. “We enabled the world’s first dual frequency GNSS phone in 2018 with the simple goal of providing an accurate location to the consumer even amidst the skyscrapers in a busy downtown. We are certain that consumers will benefit from this FCC ruling that will further drive the adoption of dual frequency GNSS.”