Former top manager of Gazprom Media is looking for 80 billion rubles to create a satellite communications operator

    In three years, a satellite communications operator called “Sky Global Communications” ( “Sky GK” ) will appear in Russia . Its creation will be undertaken by the Deputy General Director of Gazprom Media Vyacheslav Kamnev, who for this reason resigns from his post. By 2019, he plans to build a Rosinfokom satellite communications system. The system will consist of three spacecraft in high elliptical orbits and one in reserve on the ground.

    The operator will operate throughout Russia and provide digital television and radio broadcasting and Internet access services on mobile objects in the coverage area, including in places with difficult terrain (cities, forests, mountains). In addition, the group will cover the Arctic zone to the coast of Canada, as well as China and India.

    The developer of the system solution is the general designer of Sky GK, father of Mr. Kamnev, doctor of technical sciences, professor Evgeny Kamnev. “The project is focused on providing services to passengers of aircraft, trains, cars,” says Vyacheslav Kamnev. The potential audience of the operator is 50 million people.

    He expects that a device for mass use (for example, for installation in a car) will cost up to 10 thousand rubles, and the Internet access speed on it will be 3.5 Mbit / s. The cost of the device for group use (for an airplane or a train car) will be “hundreds of thousands” of rubles, Internet access speed - up to 60 Mbit / s.

    According to, Sky GK LLC was registered at the beginning of the year, 100% belong to Natalia Melnikova, who owned TPO Red Mediabefore the sale of NTV plus (a subsidiary of Gazprom-Media).

    Investments in the project should amount to 80 billion rubles. Kamnev is in talks to raise funds with Russian and foreign investors.
    Recently, several ambitious projects in satellite communications have been announced at once, Kommersant writes . In the coming years, more than 5 thousand satellites are planned to be launched into orbit, a study by J`son & Partners Consulting noted. The largest group - 4 thousand satellites - is preparing to organize Space Exploration Technologies Ilona Mask to provide remote areas with affordable Internet.
    Due to the large number of “competing” satellites in geostationary orbit, the Kamenev team decided to use a high elliptical orbit. It will solve the problem of lack of frequency resource: for receiving a signal from such satellites, you can use the same frequency ratings as in the geostationary orbit, without creating interference to these objects.

    According to CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko, Gazprom Media is planning to coordinate actions to create new opportunities for consumers of satellite radio and television services, as well as multimedia content. He expects that cooperation will expand the distribution of the holding's content and, in its development, take into account the requirements of new technologies in the future.

    In November 2015, Geektimes wrotethat experts from Russia and China are discussing a draft global system of low-orbit satellites to provide high-speed Internet access. The project is called the "Star of Happiness."

    “We were offered interaction to create a new low-orbit constellation, consisting of more than 100 satellites for broadband access to the Internet and everything connected with it, Nikolai Testoedov, Director General of Academician Reshetnyov Information Satellite Systems , told RIA Novosti . The system is created by the operator of only one state, but in the future its services will become available to all users. From any country in the world it will be possible to access the Internet through Russian satellites.

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