Putin orders goverment to develop road map for establishing state OJSC GLONASS

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the government to draft and approve a road map on establishing state OJSC GLONASS with 100 percent state participation - the relevant presidential order has been posted on the Kremlin website.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the government to draft and approve a road map on establishing state OJSC GLONASS with 100 percent state participation - the relevant presidential order has been posted on the Kremlin website.

Concurrently, the government has been instructed to devise a development strategy for OJSC GLONASS, as well as prepare and submit to the State Duma changes to the law "On the state automatic information system, ERA-GLONASS," that are necessary for setting up, and functioning of, the joint-stock company.

The Cabinet has been instructed to outline the new company's main objectives that would include ensuring prompt receipts, thanks to the use of a satellite signal, "of information about road traffic and other incidents on Russian motorways." OJSC GLONASS should also process, store and transfer such information to emergency services and ensure access to such information in accordance with the Russian laws.

The company's development strategy should envisage the possibility of this joint-stock company providing satellite navigation services to state and commercial customers and the possibility of setting up joint ventures to develop additional services and attract investment.

The authors of the legal changes regarding the ERA-GLONASS system should also provide for the possibility of this automatic system being used for commercial purposes, the instructions read.

OJSC GLONASS will operate the ERA-GLONASS system; the GLONASS system will be contributed as assets in the new joint-stock company's registered capital.

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