Subscribers will pay for satellite communication services under the Sphere program a price comparable to mobile operators. It will be regulated depending on the tariff. This was reported to TASS by Pavel Cherenkov, General Director of JSC Satellite System Gonets (controls the operator company Sfera).
“As for the requirements for the final service and subscriber equipment, our position is simple: the final services that will be provided by the satellite communications system should be comparable in cost to the services provided in cellular networks,” Cherenkov noted.
According to the CEO, the fee can be annual or monthly, depending on the tariff. “The cost and volume of subscriptions will be regulated by tariff plans,” he explained.
Cherenkov stressed that the groupings created by Roscosmos under the Sphere program are designed for a given cost.
The first Skif-D spacecraft under the Sphere program was launched on October 22 on a Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket from the Vostochny cosmodrome along with three Gonets-M spacecraft.
The President of Russia spoke about the Sphere program on a direct line on June 7, 2018. It involves the launch of communications satellites and remote sensing of the Earth. In total, the program will include five satellite constellations providing telecom services, and five more - observations.