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India, Russia sign MoU on GLONASS

India: India may soon roll out satellite -assisted navigation services in collaboration with Russia”s NIS-GLONASS.

The two countries, after talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Russian President Vladimir Putin, signed a memorandum of understanding for conducting the proof of concept through pilot project for providing the satellite-based navigation services.

The MoU was signed on cooperation in the GLONASS navigation system between JSC Navigation Information Systems (NIS GLONASS) and Indian companies Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL). The document provides for the use of solutions of NIS GLONASS and the infrastructure of BSNL and MTNL for providing services in India through geopositioning and telematics using satellite GLONASS and GPS technologies.

The three-way partnership document was signed by R K Upadhyay, Chairman & Managing Director, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd., A K Garg, Chairman & Managing Director, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd and Alexander Chub, Director-General, OAO Navigation and Information Systems.

“Success of the pilot project may provide insights for wider applicability of GLONASS signals in the future in areas such as disaster management, telephony and long-distance communications,” officials said.

Source: Zee News