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Rostelecom to use satellite network for emergency communication

December 11, 2013, 14:28 UTC+3 11
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MOSCOW, December 11 (Itar-Tass) - Russian telecom company Rostelecom has developed a technical solution that will allow to use the global satellite constellation Globalstar to send emergency messages from territories not covered by the usual GSM network. This should simplify the work of rescue services, the company’s press office reported Wednesday.

“As Russian motorways are insufficiently covered with ground communication, the use of the global satellite constellation is, in fact, the sole way to inform rescue services of an emergency,” the director of Rostelecom’s innovation center Pavel Roytberg said.

In particular, it will be useful for sending urgent messages to the state accident emergency response system Era-GLONASS and informing the services of accidents outside the area covered by the GSM signal.

Specialists of Rostelecom and the non-commercial Partnership for Development and Use of Navigation Technologies (GLONASS Union) have already carried out successful testing of Globalstar in sending emergency messages to Era-GLONASS.

“Tests have shown the use of this technical solution will not require any upgrade of the existing Rostelecom’s infrastructure or Era-GLONASS system, which considerably simplifies the implementation procedure,” Roytberg said.

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