Rostec and Rostelecom will invest 200 million rubles in a joint IT unit

    Rostec and Rostelecom are planning today to sign an agreement on long-term cooperation within the framework of the “technological breakthrough in the field of information and communication technologies” strategy. The partnership will combine the expertise of developers and production facilities of Rostec Corporation with the experience of Rostelecom specialists in the implementation and operation of IT systems and infrastructure.

    At the first stage of cooperation, the parties will create a joint venture on the basis of the National Center for Informatization LLC (NCI). They will be engaged in the development of software for public authorities and state enterprises. One of the main directions of the LLC’s work will be the creation of a “software platform - a universal development environment in the field of automation of state-owned companies and institutions,” said Alexei Sividov, General Director of the Research Center and Vice President of Rostelecom. Partners will also jointly finance the joint project. They will allocate up to 200 million rubles for two years of work.

    100% of the Research Center are owned by Rostec. In August, the Federal Antimonopoly Service approved the application of Rostelecom to purchase a 50% stake in the NCI. Now Rostelecom is claiming 75%.

    “The partnership will eliminate the administrative competition between Rostec and Rostelecom,” said Anton Sushkevich, investor at Postgres Professional. According to him, the Research Center is a non-core asset of Rostec, so the purchase of 75% by Rostelecom is logical, as is the further merger of the Research Center with RT-Labs .

    In October 2014, Rostec and Rostelecom were already planning to merge IT assets. It was about the merger of RT-Electronic Services and RT-Labs, a subsidiary of Rostelecom, which is engaged in the development of electronic government. Georgy Gens,

    President of Lanit IT Holding, does not approve of the creation of "government agencies operating on non-market conditions." This, in his opinion, may slow down the development of the IT industry, writes Kommersant.

    “Developers in the Russian Federation are very fragmented, so it is difficult for them to implement large-scale projects. Strategic cooperation will accelerate the process of creating innovative products that can compete on equal terms with foreign counterparts, ”said Sergey Kalugin, president of Rostelecom.

    “Import substitution in the field of IT is a matter of national security. Russia has a huge intellectual and production potential, and it simply needs to be used. We do not seek to limit competition in the government customer market. On the contrary, our companies are interested in civilized cooperation for solving complex strategic tasks, which is impossible without involving various professional market players in cooperation, ”said Sergey Chemezov, CEO of Rostec State Corporation.

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