EU formally drops Galileo satellite system’s Commercial Service to favor market uptake

by Peter B. de Selding

BRUSSELS — The European Commission is scrapping the planned revenue-generating Commercial Service in its Galileo positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) network after having concluded that the commoditization of satellite navigation has overwhelmed the service’s intended market uptake.

Instead, the commission will introduce, free of charge, an equivalent service as it takes steps to establish and maintain Galileo’s relevance in a world of four global satellite PNT networks, two large regional networks and several geostationary-orbit overlays to monitor PNT network performance.

The decision to drop the Commercial . . .

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