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In depth: Lack of alliance plagues China's car navigation services

Government policy needed to push developers to share base stations

A satellite base station equipped with 5G, top center, has been installed at an intersection in Dalian, Liaoning Province.

Following the Chinese government's call for the rapid development of the self-driving car industry in the next few years, companies are aggressively rolling out the satellite base stations needed for such cars to stay on the road.

State-owned telecom China Mobile began offering precision positioning services in October, after building a network of 4,400 base stations across the country in just four months.

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