In a bold move to promote homegrown technology, the Indian government plans to make NavIC – India’s very own navigation system – a standard in smartphones by 2025. Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Electronics and IT, stated that by the beginning of 2025, all 5G phones should be NavIC-ready, with other phones following suit by the end of the year.
The government is considering conditioning the offer. They are contemplating providing incentives to smartphone manufacturers under the approaching production-linked incentive (PLI) plan, particularly if these manufacturers use NavIC-supporting chips designed or manufactured in India.
Chandrasekhar anticipates a future in which NavIC chips will power the majority of mobile devices. He emphasised the accomplishments of Accord, an Indian firm that created and proudly manufactured over a million NavIC chips in 28 nanometers.
What is NavIC?
ISRO created NavIC, which stands tall among big global navigation corporations such as the United States GPS and Russia’s GLONASS. It promises precise location and timing services not only in India but also in surrounding countries.
Chandrasekhar also highlighted NavIC’s potential in the automobile sector, implying that it may be used in nations such as Japan, Korea, and even Pakistan.