A new research report from the wireless analyst firm Berg Insight forecasts that 60 percent of WCDMA handset shipped worldwide will have integrated GPS/Galileo receivers by 2010. Satellite positioning technology enables delivery of location based services such as personal navigation on mobile phones. Another significant benefit is the ability to position mobile emergency calls with high accuracy.
GPS is already a standard feature in CDMA handsets for the US market, where the technology is required to fulfil regulatory demands on accurate positioning of mobile emergency calls. Recently similar requirements were also announced in Japan , prompting NTT Docomo to introduce GPS on all 3G terminals from 2007. The EU remains vague about future regulations regarding positioning of emergency calls and some member states have not even introduced the common emergency number 112. AndrÃ© Malm, telecom analyst at Berg Insight, however believes that new regulations will be considered once the European Galileo satellite positioning system becomes operational in circa 2010. â€œGalileo is the most advanced pan-European technology project to date. Obviously, there is going to be a strong political interest within the EU to demonstrate the benefits of the project for the public as quickly as possible. A future EU directive calling for Galileo positioning of all mobile emergency calls would at the same time improve public safety and create a mass-market for European high technologyâ€, AndrÃ© commented.
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