ROCHEFORT-EN-TERRE, France — An Arab group, saying global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) are a global utility offered free of charge to all 195 nations of the world by just six providers, wants non-provider nations to take more responsibility for GNSS system protection.

In what amounts to an unusual “thank you” note to the United States, Russia, China, Europe, Japan and India for the billions they spend each year to maintain their GNSS networks, the Arab Institute of Navigation (AIN) said GNSS signals are too fragile to protect themselves.

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