Threat of import duties to increase appeal of GLONASS

The Russian Federation has come up with further “encouragement” for manufacturers to support the GLONASS satellite navigation system with the threat of import duties to be levied on any mobile handsets without GLONASS functionality. Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov has revealed that the duty will be “about 25%”, will be introduced by 2012 and will be levied on handsets imported to the Russian Federation with GPS-only positioning technology.

Three more GLONASS -M satellites are scheduled for launch by the end of 2010, allowing Russia to operate a complete GLONASS network with global coverage and have three or four satellites in reserve. A further eight satellites will be launched between 2011 and 2013 to enable further redundancy and to replace some of the earlier satellites that are reaching their end of life. All this will be added to the investment of over US$2 billion over the past 10 years, which explains why Russia is so keen to see GLONASS adopted both within its own borders and in the world at large.

Manufacturers of mobile handsets and other location-based technologies can work on their multi-GNSS designs today featuring GPS and GLONASS capabilities using Spirent's range of constellation simulators. This also extends to coverage of the Galileo and Compass systems, long in advance of their physical launches.

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