This solution, developed by Skylo, will connect with BSNL’s satellite ground infrastructure and provide pan-India coverage, including Indian seas.
“The solution is in line with BSNL’s vision to leverage technology to provide affordable and innovative telecom services and products across customers segments. Skylo would also help provide critical data for the logistics sector to enable effective distribution of Covid-19 vaccine in 2021,” PK Purwar, CMS of BSNL, said in a statement.
This new technology supports the Department of Telecom and NITI Aayog’s plan of bringing indigenous IoT connectivity to India’s core sectors. Examples of where this technology has already been tested successfully include Indian Railways, fishing vessels, and enabling connected vehicles across India.
“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 & 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,” said Parthsarathi Trivedi, CEO of Skylo.
In January, Skylo Technologies bagged $103 million in Series B funding round led by SoftBank Group.