EU latest news: Galileo sat-nav system goes down in blow to EU project (Image: REX-GETTY)
The Europe-wide network has been down since Friday due to what has been termed a “technical incident related to its ground infrastructure”, the BBC reports. The issue relates to all servers, including the latest smartphones devices, not being able to pick up any useable timing or positional information. These devices must rely instead on data coming from the American Global Positioning System (GPS), which is embarrassing for the EU as they believe their system is just as reliable as the US alternative.
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) issued a notification on Thursday to warn users Galileo's signals might become unreliable.
At 1.50am BST on Friday an update was then sent out advising the service was out of use until further notice.
The GSA said: “Experts are working to restore the situation as soon as possible.
“An Anomaly Review Board has been immediately set up to analyse the exact root cause and to implement recovery actions.”
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Galileo is an EU project to which the UK has already