Skylo, Inmarsat partner on world first commercial NB-IoT over satellite

08 June 2021 | Melanie Mingas

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Skylo and Inmarsat are rolling out the world’s first commercial narrowband IoT solution over satellite.

It has already launched in India through a partnership with in state-run telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and expansion plans will be announced later this year.

“Skylo makes simple, reliable IoT connectivity available to everyone at disruptively affordable rates,” commented Parth Trivedi, the CEO and co-founder of Skylo, a satellite-based narrow-band (NB) IoT solution company.

“Even more attractive than a sharp increase in adoption due to low barrier-to-entry, is deploying critical new business capabilities as machine data becomes readily available and accessible. Our global IoT connectivity fabric makes way for thousands of life-changing applications — from managing vaccine efficacy during delivery, to advancing precision farming, to providing early warnings in the event of natural disasters. We look forward to expanding globally and making our platform available to small and large enterprises, companies deploying new sensors, systems integrators, distributors, Governments and OEMs,” Trivedi added.

Satellite IoT connectivity enables real-time data transmission, as well as reliable and more cost-effective connectivity, particularly where there is inconsistent or no cellular coverage. It means the solution will be able to provide remotely located application users with real-time actionable insights.

“The most effective IoT solutions require a truly resilient and flexible network that can scale as demand grows,” said Rajeev Suri (pictured), Inmarsat CEO.

“Inmarsat’s industry-leading L-band network provides a unique capability for enabling the billions of connected IoT devices in India and across the world that are being deployed at an extraordinary speed.  We are delighted to work with Skylo to provide the IoT fabric that matches their ambition.”