The satellite-based IoT network is first of its kind. The US-based, Softbank backed Skylotech has brought the satellite-based NB IoT (narrowband Internet of Things) to India. The tech will be used to connect remote areas and individuals including fishermen, farmers, construction workers, mining and logistics workers.
In an official statement, BSNL’s chairman and managing director, P K Purwar said, “The solution is in line with BSNL’s vision to leverage technology to provide affordable and innovative telecom services and products across customer segments. Skylo would also help provide critical data for the logistics sector to enable effective distribution of COVID-19 vaccine in 2021 and will be a big contributor in service to the nation.”
The joint innovation is a ‘Made in India’ solution, developed by Skylo. It will connect with BSNL’s on-ground satellite infrastructure and offer pan-India coverage including Indian seas. The coverage will be so vast that it will not leave any dark patch within the Indian boundary.
BSNL has further said that the technology has already been tested in various sectors such as Indian Railways, fishing vessels etc. The successful POC trials have already been conducted by BSNL.
Parthsarathi Trivedi, co-founder and CEO, Skylotech said, “For centuries, industries, including agriculture, railways and fisheries, have been operating offline, and have not had the opportunity to take full advantage of the latest advancements in AI and IoT – until today. This is the world’s first satellite-based NB-IoT network and I am proud to launch this capability in India first to transform lives and our domestic industries.”