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Galileo is the EU programme aiming to deploy and operate the first global satellite navigation and positioning system (providing navigation, time and location data) operated under civilian control, which can be used by a variety of public and private actors in Europe and worldwide.

Galileo has been designed to function independently of other existing systems. However, it is interoperable or compatible with some of them, which allows manufacturers to develop terminals that work with more than 1 system.

The Galileo infrastructure will consist of a constellation of satellites and a global network of ground stations. The signals emitted by the system will be used to offer services which can be used in a large variety of markets such as transport (road, aviation, maritime, rail), agriculture, mapping and surveying, and search-and-rescue operations. Furthermore, location-based services and timing services provide interesting opportunities for many sectors including network-related ones like energy and telecommunications.

Galileo is expected to be fully deployed and operational in 2020.