Context: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been reached between the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and OPPO’s Indian branch to swap technical details of NavIC.
NavIC is a satellite-based messaging service whose main job is to provide position, navigation and timing (PNT) services besides broadcasting short messages.
This service is used to send safety warnings to areas with poor communications, particularly in maritime areas.
It provides regional navigation services covering the Indian mainland and up to 1500 kms beyond.
The recent MoU will pave the way for future collaborations between ISRO and OPPO India to develop indigenous solutions by incorporating the NavIC short messaging feature in the smartphones released by OPPO India.
Security concerns have been raised against this move as the MoU will ISRO’s R&D information to be shared with a Chinese company.
This comes in the backdrop of India having banned 260 Chinese apps in retaliation of the tensions at the Galwan Valley.