Skylo Teams Up With BSNL To Launch Satellite-Based Narrowband IoT Network

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  • The network is accessible across the sub-continent and is being rolled out with select customers in government and private sectors
  • Skylo is currently being integrated and tested on trucks, commercial vehicles, railways, and fishing vessels in India

Skylo has announced an exclusive partnership with BSNL to launch a satellite-based narrowband IoT network in India. The solution, developed by Skylo, will connect with BSNL’s satellite ground infrastructure and provide all-India coverage, including Indian seas. The network is accessible across the sub-continent and is being rolled out with select customers in government and private sectors.

Skylo CEO and co-founder Parth Trivedi said, “For centuries, industries including agriculture, railways, and fisheries, have been operating in the physical world and haven’t had the opportunity to take full advantage of modern digital technologies like AI, machine learning, IoT, and space connectivity, regardless of their geography — until today. With Skylo and BSNL, fishermen, farmers, and truck drivers can access the benefits of an affordable, reliable satellite network and connected sensors, giving them up to the minute information. As a result, they’ll be able to make better decisions, save time and money, radically improve operations, and even save the lives of their workers.”

Skylo is currently being integrated and tested on trucks, commercial vehicles, railways, and fishing vessels in India. Skylo has leveraged cellular-grade hardware to communicate over satellite. it said that this has resulted in highly affordable, easy to install rugged hub devices, and an immersive dashboard to be able to access information from remote locations on mobile devices or desktops. Skylo leverages existing satellites to bring reliable connectivity without the need to add new infrastructure in space.

P. K. Purwar, CMD, BSNL said, “BSNL’s vision is to leverage technology to provide affordable and innovative telecom services and products across customer segments. With our pan-India presence and Skylo’s new, disruptive satellite-based IoT data mobility solution, we now have an unparalleled opportunity to serve previously underserved industries by bringing an affordable and easy way to connect IoT sensors anywhere in India. We are confident that this will lead to tremendous efficiencies and new ‘connected’ business models for players in these industries and with their progress, India’s growth story will get a boost.”

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