Vodafone has joined hands with Inmarsat to provide internet connectivity to areas that can only be connected through satellite communication for the internet of things sector.
The business areas that would be served through this kind of connectivity include connected vehicles, agriculture, energy and utilities.
Vodafone said Thursday it has entered into a roaming agreement with Inmarsat, with the ambition to enable international satellite and cellular roaming connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT).
This is the first time that any telecom operator has signed such a deal with Inmarsat, a London based satellite company.
“This agreement marks a first for Inmarsat; enabling a mobile operator to utilise broadband roaming services on our global network,” said Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce.
Vodafone said because of its ubiquitous coverage and high network availability, even in extreme environmental conditions, satellite-powered IoT allows organisations to extend their services beyond terrestrial networks, where they have remote connectivity requirements.
“Success in IoT demands a mix of different technologies for different applications. By adding satellite connectivity from Inmarsat to the Vodafone portfolio we continue to deliver on our strategy to lead in managed IoT services. The IoT is transforming businesses in every sector and I am delighted we are able to support more of our customers in taking advantage of all that this technology has to offer,” said Vodafone Director of IoT, Ivo Rook.
“Deploying satellite connectivity to complement terrestrial networks for IoT applications changes the Internet of Things into the Internet of Everywhere. The growth in mission critical IoT applications, is driving demand for connectivity with unprecedented reach, range and reliability on a global basis”, said Rupert Pearce, CEO, Inmarsat.