AT&T to offer satellite connectivity for IoT

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Telecom network operator AT&T has joined hands with Globecomm, a solutions integrator and data management company, to expand its IoT deployments by offering satellite connectivity.

The association with Globecomm allows IoT devices to operate on cellular when a signal is available, and automatically switch to satellite when cell service is unavailable. There is no need for businesses to purchase their cellular and satellite services separately. They can use both to manage their IoT devices, networks and applications.

Mike Troiano, vice president, AT&T IoT Solutions, said: “Our customers now have a flexible, reliable and highly secure service to monitor their assets nearly anywhere. They don’t have to choose one connectivity solution over the other – they can have the full package.”

According to Gartner, the number of connected things will grow 30 percent to 6.4 billion in 2016. According to Markets and Markets, connected things with satellite connectivity should grow 9.8 percent per year over the next four years.