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Satellite navigation

The Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom is the authority responsible for the provision of Galileo satellite positioning services in Finland. In this context, we cooperate with both national actors and the European Galileo community.


Galileo – Euroopan satelliittinavigointijärjestelmä (European GNSS Agency / Youtube)

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What is Galileo?

Galileo is a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) built by the European Union and the only such system to remain under civilian control. Other comparable global systems are the American GPS, the Russian GLONASS and the Chinese BeiDou, all of which are managed by defence administrations.

Decisions on the implementation and use of the Galileo system are made by the European Union (EU) and its Member States. The most critical services provided by the Galileo system are available to the EU Member States even during crises. Such access cannot be completely guaranteed when using navigation satellite systems under the control of other actors.

A significant share of the services offered by the Galileo system are already available. Galileo’s open services (including open services and search-and-rescue services) are set to become fully available in the Full Operational Capability (FOC) phase, scheduled for launch in 2020. This will be followed by Full Operational Capability for public administration services and other specialised services, currently planned to become fully operational by the end of 2025, with development work on the system set to continue beyond that date.

Most recent devices, including consumer mobile phones and other smart devices, have built-in support for Galileo services. Certain other devices may require software updates to enable Galileo support.