While Yandex will go IPO on NASDAQ this month, its popular Russian online map service is being challenged by 2GIS‘ Russian city guide and map services. Being available for more than 100 Russian cities, 2GIS has released its Moscow city guide and map service. 2GIS maps and city guides include more corporate information details than both Yandex.Maps (Яндекс.Карты) and Google.Maps.
Founded in 2004, DoubleGIS (ДубльГИС) reported sales of ca. $35 million in 2010. Based in Novosibirsk, 2GIS offers digital maps and city guides for more than 100 cities in Russia and Ukraine. The 2GIS maps, which are free to use, are supported by advertisements.
DoubleGIS released its 2GIS app for Android, Windows and Symbian. There is no 2GIS app for iPhone yet.
In 2010, Yandex acquired GIS Technology for Yandex.Maps.
The German Otto Group-backed eVenture Capital invested in Mapia.ua online map service in Ukraine in 2009.