Russian regions to be connected to ERA-GLONASS system in August 2013

The noncommercial partnership Global Navigational Satellite Systems (GLONASS) will connect the remaining 62 Russian regions to the infrastructure of ERA-GLONASS accident emergency response system in the framework of agreements with the Russian Transport Ministry.

The noncommercial partnership Global Navigational Satellite Systems (GLONASS) will connect the remaining 62 Russian regions to the infrastructure of ERA-GLONASS accident emergency response system in the framework of agreements with the Russian Transport Ministry.

"As of yet, work to build the infrastructure of the ERA-GLONASS system is being carried out in 18 Russian regions," GLONASS said in a statement obtained by Interfax-AVN on Monday.

In order to complete the work of connecting the regions to the system, GLONASS has held a tender with a closed request for proposals from four cellular providers.

It concerns the renting of communication channels to create a data transfer network, renting sites to place the equipment for second-level navigation, the creation of information centers and regional switchboards for the ERA-GLONASS system in 62 Russian regions, the statement said.

To implement the project successfully, to minimize the risks of failures to meet deadlines in particular, the tender committee of GLONASS has decided to divide the scope of services and has chosen four tender winners.

Rostelecom (RTS: RTKM) and MegaFon (RTS: MEGF) will lease the sites to place the equipment, Rostelecom, MegaFon, VimpelCom (RTS: VIMP) and MTS (RTS: MTSS) will lease communication channels.

"Such distribution was made based on key criteria, such as the peculiarities of ERA-GLONASS architecture as well as the geographic distribution of cellular operators, their experience in carrying out similar projects and their presence in the regions," the statement said.

ERA-GLONASS equipment will be placed at Rostelecom's and MegaFon's sites in August 2013.

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