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Pakistan adopts China’s Beidou navigation system

Pakistan: China’s home-grown satellite navigation system Beidou is expected to add yet another customer after Pakistan signed up to host ground stations for the service. Thailand, China, Laos and Brunei already use the Chinese system, which currently consists of 16 operational satellites. With this agreement, Pakistan will become the fourth country to use Beidou navigation services in the Asia-Pacific region.

Huang Lei, international business director of Beijing BDStar Navigation, said that the construction of continuously operating reference stations (CORS), which collect and transmit satellite data, would help to increase Beidou’s accuracy in Pakistan. Huang added that building the network will cost tens of millions of dollars.

Source: The Register