The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – a body similar to Anatel – has made an important decision this week. From now on, all smartphones in the country will be able to receive GPS data based on a European satellite. The information was celebrated by the consumers of the country, since the use of more than one satellite can improve the accuracy of GPS, facilitating the location of destinations and locations. According to some experts, the iPhone was already capable of using European data.
However, a United States national security law has prevented Apple from releasing foreign satellites into its territory. Therefore, the European Commission asked the FCC to make an exception for its location system.
Upon confirmation of exclusivity for the US public, the FCC still issued an official note on the subject:
"The FCC authorized the European Commission's request for devices in the United States to access specific signals transmitted by the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), known as Galileo. With today's action, consumers and industry in the United States will be allowed to access certain satellite signals from the Galileo system to increase the US Global Positioning System (GPS), and thus benefit from the improved availability, reliability and resilience of these positions. navigation and timing services in the United States. "
According to the regulator, most smartphones can already receive the signal because the hardware is universal. However, in order for the novelty to be released, the devices will need a software update from their manufacturer.