Nokia to Support GLONASS Said Russian Official

According to Reuters,citing Alexander Gurko,the Chief executive at GLONASS NIS,Russia has secured the backing of Nokia for its GNSS constellation that comes as a competitor but mostly as a complement of the U.S. GPS.

“It is possible that already by the end of next year most Nokia cellphones will be equipped with chipsets supporting both GLONASS and GPS,and we hope other vendors will follow,”said Gurko,in an interview.

Russia has been playing the carrot and stick game with global handset makers in the last 12 months,particularly in threatening to implement tax duties on GPS-enabled devices that would not support GLONASS,starting in January 2012.

Nokia remains today the largest handset vendor in Russia.

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