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Network coverage Russia


Thuraya24° - SouthElevation - Azimuth

Inmarsat22° - South-WestElevation - Azimuth

Network availability notes

The above information refers in each case to the center of the country / region.

For Thuraya and Inmarsat we have indicated the elevation angle to the satellite and the azimuth. The flatter the satellite is above the horizon, the more difficult the reception will be depending on topography and buildings. This should clarify our classification. For fixed installations, the elevation angle is not crucial as long as the antenna has a clear view to the satellite.

Iridium has orbiting satellites. Here the proximity to the equator plays the decisive role, because at the equator the satellite density of the Iridium network is lowest. On the sea, however, this is negligible because there is a clear view all around, even to satellites located flat above the horizon.

Our recommendation

In southern Russia you can use an Inmarsat phone, for the whole of Russia an Iridium phone is the right choice.

Using BGAN in Russia:

Depending on to which Service Provider a BGAN SIM card belong to it is not unrestrictedly usable. As our knowledge only SIM cards from the Service Provider MVS are working without any restriction.

Using Iridium in Russia:

In order for a subscriber to comply with Russian regulations for the use of Iridium

In order for a subscriber to comply with Russian regulations for the use of Iridium mobile satellite service in the territory of the Russian Federation, online subscriber registration is necessary for all subscribers located in or traveling to Russia. The process for registration is simple, and can be completed at:*. Note that subscribers are able to register their device for use in the territory of the Russian Federation prior to their arrival in the region.

last updated: October 2023