BSNL Skips 4G, Launches World’s 1st Satellite-Based IoT Network At Rs 10,000 Per Unit
- BSNL becomes first telecom company to launch satellite-based IoT service with the help of US-based firm Skylo
- The device will roll out before 2021 and will be sold at a price of 10,000 Rs per unit
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, BSN, has come up with a revolutionary idea to connect the areas of India which are poorly networked.
In collaboration with US-based firm Skylo, the Indian telecommunication company has launched World’s first satellite-based IoT network in India.
What Is This New IoT Service That BSNL Is Going To Provide?
On Thursday BSNL revealed that it launched an Internet of things (IoT) device which is satellite-based. The service provided by this device can be used in the parts of India where mobile towers are not present, like rare villages as well as the seas that lie under Indian territory.
Chairman and Managing Director of BSNL, PK Purwar said, ‘ The coverage will be so vast that it will not leave any dark patch within the boundary of India from Kashmir and Ladakh to Kanyakumari, and from Gujrat to the North East, including the Indian seas’
The device is made by Skylo but it will be distributed only through BSNL at a price of around Rs 10,000 per unit.
What Is Skylo?
Skylo has become the first company to implement the 5G cellular narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) protocol for satellite communication. It has become successful in developing an affordable solution that connects geo satellites that are 35 thousand kilometers in space.
The company collects and shares data through a cellular modem like hardware named Skylo Hub. It reads data collected from sensors and transmits it to the Sylo satellite network which further provides data to the users. It is easy to install, affordable, and also convenient since it can be accessed through mobiles and laptops.
Why Is This Idea Revolutionary?
This ‘Made in India’ solution can serve a variety of sectors like farming, fishing, railways, logistics, and disaster preparedness.
“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,” Skylo CEO and co-founder Parth Trivedi said.
“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.” he added
Skylo can be used in producing and providing data for effective distribution of the Covid 19 vaccine through India in 2021.
‘Successful POCs (proof of concepts) have already been conducted by BSNL and SKylo in India and we will soon approach various user groups before the New year 2021 begins” Vivek Bansal, BSNL Board Director revealed.
This idea takes us a step closer to a technology-driven future and can transform lives and domestic industries.