"2020 will be a milestone for the future of the Chinese (and global) telecommunication landscape, artificial intelligence and countless other digital high-tech integrations. China has scheduled to complete its own satellite navigation network with two final satellites being launched by June, completing the 35-satellite Beidou Navigation Satellite System. This completion will enable China to be strategically independent from US-controlled GPS.
The satellite navigation system will be a major driving force for advancing 5G and AI technologies in among others smart cities (e.g. traffic or waste management); intelligent grids, logistics and infrastructure (e.g. smart ports, environment); transportation (e.g. driverless cars); precision farming; or public safety, health care and disaster management. Beidou (Chinese for the Big Dipper constellation) has already been installed on 70% of Chinese smartphones today.
China’s satellite system comes after years of notable accomplishments in space. Last year China became the first to land a rover on the far side of the moon. Since its first manned space mission in 2003, China has launched several space station prototypes, and hopes to soon send a rover to Mars."