The Russian government has changed the Rules on the use of satellite communication networks being under jurisdiction of foreign States, says RBC.
Now any traffic, satellite — telephone and Internet connection — will have to pass through the ground station mates, located on the territory of the Russian Federation.
In addition, foreign companies will have to obtain a work permit from the FSB, FSO and the Ministry of defense. According to experts, such an agreement may take 12-15 months.
The decree will enter into force in six months, says RBC.
The Ministry of communications, which prepared the relevant amendments, believes that “the uncontrolled use of foreign satellite systems” pose a threat to national security of Russia.
However, the head of one of the Russian operators AltegroSky Sergey Pekhterev notes that the ruling does not affect the physical presence of foreign satellites over the territory of Russia and the possibility of receiving and transmitting signals from them.
“In this regard, questioned the target of strengthening the national security of the country”, — he stressed.
Also, according to Pekhterev, the adoption decree will not allow extra to rent foreign satellites in case of a sudden failure of the Russian — translation process of subscribers that usually takes up to 10 days, will be inhibited for more than a year due to various conciliation procedures. The communications Ministry, however, said that this period will not exceed the “23 days with further documentary evidence for a period of not more than 84 days.”
“Overall, the adopted document will lead to extremely serious consequences for Russian carriers”, — said Sergey Pekhterev.
It is worth adding that the document will not affect the launch of the first satellites of the global system OneWeb on a Russian Soyuz rocket, scheduled for February 28.
Earlier, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree on the establishment of a monitoring and control communication network for General use, the creation of which was envisaged by the draft law “On sovereign Internet”.