GNSS Opportunities in Asia

Asia, and in particular the area covered by, represents a region of unique interest for industrial opportunities connected to GNSS. The main reasons for that are:

  • Due to dedicated GNSS as well as navigation systems, whose roll-out is planned to start earlier in this area than in other regions of the world, it stands out for its high GNSS concetration.
  • This area is likely to become number one region in chipsets which are produced to serve mass markets in GNSS.
  • Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan and India have managed to establish themselves as the production centres for consumer electronics. There is every reason to believe that this region will lead the market in manufacturing of GNSS downstream equipment.


road penetration

Penetration of GNSS in road sector for different markets (Source GSA’s GNSS Market Report)

Based on these reasons, the team and in particular the industrial relations intermediaries share the overall objective to create business opportunities, promote trade and implement industrial GNSS cooperation projects in favour of European and Asian companies, with a particular emphasis on Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs). 

Opportunities for researchers, entrepreneurs, SMEs

There are several projects or platforms opening up opportunities for researchers, entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on GNSS in Asia. The consortium is actively or indirectly involved in most of them, thus being in contact with various GNSS actors in the region.

The European Satellite Navigation Competition (“Galileo Masters”), a competition that provides an excellent platform to promote the awareness and use of satellite navigation, as well as offer a creative spark for a wide range of unique applications for the European GNSS programmes is already present in Asia and in particular in Taiwan. Considerations of expanding the competition in other Asian countries are under way, thus opening one more possibility of boosting the development of GNSS applications in the region.

J-Bilat is a project coordinated by EU-Japan Centre, supporting the enhancement and development of science and technology partnerships. J-BILAT is broadly covering all the areas of FP7, which will lead to enhancement of the acceptance among Japanese science and technology communities for future FP8 Galileo Infodays in 2013. Lessons learnt can be transferred to the other Asian economies of interest.

The IPR SME Helpdesk in China is co-managed by EUCCC. It introduces European SMEs to the knowledge and business tools required to develop the value of their intellectual property rights and to manage related risks. The Helpdesk provides information, first-line advice and training support to European SMEs to protect and enforce their IPR in China. The expectation is to apply experience in addressing SME level concerns and handling IPR issues, which are a key concern also for GNSS.

In Korea the SME Support Centre enables EU and Korean SMEs to benefit from EACA’s market knowledge through a diverse range of business support services. Moreover, the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed in October 2010, is characterised as the most ambitious trade accord ever concluded by the European Commission. It is expected to swiftly eliminate €1.6 BN duties per annum and help exporters to improve their competitive position in the Korean market.

This list of projects should serve as an example and is by no means exhaustive. Moreover, based on all the reasons that make the area covered by unique for GNSS cooperation, the trend for further opportunities is very positive. project is funded by the European Union within the Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement no 287244.