Cuba to link up to Russian competitor of GPS
Cuba plans to connect to Russia's satellite-based navigation system, the
Russian ambassador in Havana said, according to RIA Novosti.
The Global Navigation Satellite System (Glonass) is the main competitor
to the United States-based Global Positioning System (GPS).
"Our plans include a detailed work on connecting Cuba to the Glonass
system," Mikhail Kamynin said, according to RIA Novosti.
In fall 2008, Cuba for the first time expressed its interest to use
Glonass for civilian purposes.
In February 2009, Russia offered Cuba a channel on the Express AM-44
satellite. The satellite could facilitate telephone and television
traffic between Cuba and Europe and link to an undersea fiberoptic cable
that will connect Venezuela, Cuba and Jamaica. Russian companies are
participating in the modernization of the "Gran Caribe" satellite
station in Cuba and are building a new space control center.