Chinese GPS System To Be Offered Free

The Chinese GPS system, Beidou, is apparently to be opened up for free access within China, worrying European investors on the €2.5 billion competing project, Galileo. Initially, China had declared that access to their system would be restricted to the military, and Europe had planned to recoup some of the cost of their system by selling licenses to China. Michael Shaw, from the US government’s National Space-based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Coordination Office in Washington DC, said, Frankly, China’s behavior towards Europe is not so different to how Europe behaved with us when GPS was the only game in town a decade ago — via Slashdot

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