Russian Government proposes to create global satellite communications network worth $4.5bn

Russian Government proposes to create global satellite communications network worth $4.5bn

It is assumed that the development and allocation of funding for GMISS will begin in 2018, and the first prototypes should appear by 2020.⁠

Within the framework of the Digital Economy program, the Russian Government was proposed to create a Global Multifunctional Infocommunication Satellite System (GMISS). The cost of the system is estimated at 299 billion rubles ($4.5bn), RBC writes with reference to a copy of the plan.

It is assumed that the development and allocation of funding for GMISS will begin in 2018, and the first prototypes should appear by 2020.

One of the developers of the project, whose name RBC does not disclose, said that it was a "hybrid network of satellite and cellular communications." They want to launch a bunch of satellites into low orbit, which will ensure signal reception on the entire territory of the Earth.

Officially representatives of Roscosmos and Vnesheconombank (which will decide on financing) declined to comment on the establishment of GMISS.

The description of GMISS is similar to the system created by the start-up OneWeb with the support of Qualcomm and Virgin. It plans to launch into Earth's orbit 648 satellites (with further expansion to 2.5 thousand) for Internet global signal. So far no satellite has been launched, but the creation of the group is planned to be completed by 2019.

The program Digital Economy was preliminarily approved in the summer of 2017 for the development of areas related to data processing and transmission. Final plans should be agreed by the Government in December 2017.

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