Vodafone bets big on managed IoT with Inmarsat deal

ivo-rookVodafone has signed a roaming agreement with Inmarsat, to enable international satellite and cellular roaming connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT).

The satellite-powered IoT will deliver ubiquitous coverage and high network availability, even in extreme environmental conditions, Vodafone said.

The deployment of satellite in IoT portfolio will allow Vodafone to lead in managed IoT services, said Vodafone director of IoT, Ivo Rook. “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.”

The partnership leverages Inmarsat’s Broadband Global Access Network (BGAN) with lower bandwidth, lighter weight, more portable satellite terminals and satellite communications resilience in harsh weather.

The service will benefit organizations to extend their services beyond terrestrial networks, where they have remote connectivity requirements, for example in the agri-tech, utilities, oil and gas and transportation sectors.

Commenting on the partnership Rupert Pearce, CEO, Inmarsat, said, “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.”

Rajani Baburajan

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