Phones sold in Russia will have to use GLONASS or GLONASS + GPS as of 2014, according to a report from the Voice of Russia. Phones with only GPS will be illegal in Russia, and any mobile devices imported will have to support GLONASS.
A new bill claims that in order to guarantee stable operation of a unified telecom network in Russia regardless of conditions, it’s necessary that the satnav system used be the one controlled by the Russian Federation. New requirements for mobile devices with satellite navigation capabilities are expected to follow.
The authors of the bill note that after the bill is adopted, its requirements will cover all manufacturers and vendors of cellphones, making it impossible to sell a mobile device without GLONASS support.
The Telecom Ministry and industry watchdog Roskomnadzor will oversee the changes.