Iridium Communications plans to enter a partnership with three satellite equipment distributors in Russia as the company has received government approval to do business there again, the Moscow Times reported Friday.
The newspaper reports Iridium, which ended Russian market operations in 2000, has secured permits from regulators to return to the country and plans to sell contracts and phones.
Sattrans, Stek.kom and Gilat Satcom will sell the phones, according to the report.
Viktor Glushko, Iridium Russia CEO of Iridium Russia, told Moscow Times the U.S.-based satellite phone company aims to grow its subscriber base from 20 to 25 percent by the end of 2013, highlighting opportunities in the airlines and shipping industries.
Glushko also told the newspaper Iridium has registered thousands of subscribers since late 2012.