A three-way partnership between Russia’s NIS Glonass, MTNL, BSNL is underway for delivery of satellite-based navigation services in India. The move comes at a time when Russia plans to roll out satellite-based information services similar 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.
Glonass or “Global Navigation Satellite System” was only used by the Russian military for years and was made available to civilians only in 2007. Similar to the US’s Global Positioning System (GPS), it is also a radio-based satellite navigation system that provides location and time information anywhere in the planet, and is equipped to lend critical support to military, civil and commercial users worldwide.Though the Glonass satellite constellation offers global coverage, its commercialisation, especially development of the user segment, it has been lacking compared to the US GPS system.
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