Pavel Cherenkov, General Director of JSC Satellite System Gonets (it controls the operator company Sphere), said in an interview with TASS that Sphere will provide satellite Internet access services not only in Russia.
“It would be illogical to create global satellite constellations in the interests of one state, while they can be used all over the world. In this case, the obvious efficiency is significantly reduced,” Cherenkov answered the question about the entry of “Sphere” into foreign markets.
“For satellite operators, opening their representative offices in different countries of the world is a long-established practice. Therefore, I think that our international development strategy will be based on the formation of new partnerships in other countries, which will help ensure the globalization of operator activities,” he added.
It is not yet clear when Sphere will start working outside of Russia and in which countries services will be provided. The first stage of the deployment of the Skif satellite system constellation, on the basis of which broadband access to the Network will be provided, should be completed by mid-2026, when six satellites will be launched. In total, 12 spacecraft are planned in the constellation. As for the cost of Russian satellite Internet, according to Pavel Cherenkov, it will not differ from the cost of mobile Internet of cellular operators.