The law, which requires that Russian software be installed in mobile devices, could help boost the demand for domestic software products by expanding the potential market, Konstantin Ganeyev, an expert of the Analytical Center’s Project Office for the Implementation of the Digital Economy National Program, told ComNews in his comments on the bill’s approval in the third reading.
Preinstalled Russian software to increase demand for domestic products
Project Management Office for Implementing the Digital Economy of the Russian Federation Program
The law will require that Russian software be preinstalled in smart phones, computers and Smart TV sets sold on the domestic market. It will take effect on July 1, 2020. The Government of the Russian Federation will draw up the list of devices and software.
“First of all, it is necessary to take into account the interests and needs of the end user. The need to provide the latter’s access to products of a better quality should be taken into account, considering that smart phones are not just a communication system but also a multifunctional instrument used in practically every sphere of life. It is important to ensure competiveness of Russian software, since the user could uninstall and install practically any software in one’s smart phone,” Ganeyev said.
The law was drafted outside the framework of the Digital Economy National Program, yet the latter includes measures supporting competitiveness of domestic software products.
“For instance, a package of measures is being implemented to create and modernize domestic software products: investment programs have been launched and the development of domestic software products is being encouraged. Besides, there are laws guaranteeing preferences for Russian software products in public and municipal procurements,” Ganeyev said.