China launched a satellite called Beidou-3GEO3 from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. This global satellite navigating system is designed to rival USA’s GPS network, Russia’s GLONASS and the European Union’s Galileo. China started building its global navigation system in the early 1990s in order to help cars, boats and military tankers navigate using mapping data. China’s system works on a network of 35 satellites and makes it a key player in the multi-crore geolocation service market. The Beidou services can be used on mobile phones to find restaurants, petrol stations, cinemas and routes, just like any other system. The services will be used by close to 120 countries, including Pakistan and Thailand.
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