India: The Government of India will shortly clear a three-way partnership between Russia”s NIS GLONASS, BSNL and MTNL for delivering satellite-based navigation services in India, top officials in the telecom department told ET.
“A draft memorandum of understanding (MoU) between NIS GLONASS, BSNL and MTNL for provision of satellite navigation services is being considered by the government,” said an internal telecom department note reviewed by ET, which adds that the Russian government recently informed the foreign ministry about making the GLONASS system available to the global community for free use.
The development comes on the heels of Russia”s plans to roll out satellite-based information services akin to `GPS” on the GLONASS system in international markets like India. GLONASS is a Russian space-based system with 23 operational satellites deployed for delivering information services.
NIS GLONASS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Russian public-private partnership company, Navigation-Information Systems, whose main stakeholders are Russian conglomerate JSFC Sistema (70.01 per cent) and JSC Russian Space Systems (29.99 per cent).
Details of this tripartite alliance remain under wraps, but a top official in the Russian Embassy said formation of this three-way partnership with India”s leading telecom PSUs would reinforce Indo-Russian collaborations in advanced technology.
“We hope the Indian government will issue the necessary clearances expeditiously to NIS GLONASS for this crucial telecoms partnership to take flight. It is an important milestone in Indo-Russian collaboration in advanced technology and space research,” said this official who did not wish to be named.
NIS GLONASS has earlier reportedly indicated plans to participate in Indian government projects relating to passenger information system, fleet management systems and modernising the police forces. It is also planned to develop telematics terminals in India that can work on both GPS and GLONASS satellite navigation systems, said two people familiar with developments.
Source: Economic Times