Russian billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov has announced plans to consolidate control of Glonass through his holding company AFK Sistema in order to make the project more competitive with GPS. He announced intent to acquire a 51-percent stake for as much as 484 million rubles ($16 million). The aim is to create a more commercial operation from the venture in order to push both consumer and industry demand for the services. The announcement comes on the eve of widespread Glonass adoption as Glonass-enabled equipment is set to become widely available in 2011.
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