JT Global has won a deal to provide cellular connectivity to Inmarsat as the satellite provider looks to muscle its way into the IoT market.

The Jersey-based telco is offering up global cellular connectivity thanks to 600 direct roaming partnerships that cover “almost every country in the world” and a dedicated M2M SIM card.

Inmarsat will combine this with its own satellite infrastructure to offer IoT services via what it described as a “global connectivity network from a single provider”.

The two companies have already set up a demo in Rwanda to showcase what they hope to achieve.

Working with Actility, who have provided base stations, they have created a network in Kigali that enables a range of smart transportation, farming and surveillance projects, as well as real-time monitoring of air pollution levels.

Paul Gudonis, President of Inmarsat Enterprise, said: “This is a hugely important partnership for Inmarsat.

“Integrating a global cellular solution with our satellite communication network means that we can provide all of the connectivity necessary for an IoT installation, to anywhere in the world.

“This gives us a much more powerful offering when we bring our IoT solutions to the market, as it means our customers only need to liaise with one provider, not go to one company for satellite connectivity and another for cellular data.”

In February, Inmarsat teamed up with Actility to launch a LoRa network.

Read more: Jersey to get LoRa network to solve traffic, health woes

More News

Telia Company feels good about 2018 after EBITDA increase Telia Company feels good about 2018 after EBITDA increase Telia Company has hailed a strong balance sheet and "a lot to look forward to in 2018" as it posted EBITDA growth in its first quarter. More detail
Ericsson looks ahead with cautious optimism after Q1 loss reduction Ericsson looks ahead with cautious optimism after Q1 loss reduction Ericsson has made its first attempt to put a horrific 2017 behind it by improving upon its losses thanks to improving margins and a costs blitz in its first quarter. More detail
A1 chooses T-Systems exec for new CEO A1 chooses T-Systems exec for new CEO A1 Telekom Austria Group has chosen a Deutsche Telekom and Nokia veteran as its new CEO as part of a wider restructure which will also see its Chairman depart. More detail
"Challenging consumer market" fails to dent Sky's Q3 performance Sky has shrugged off a "challenging" consumer climate to post increases in sales and profits. More detail
OBS taps Siemens for new industrial IoT solutions OBS taps Siemens for new industrial IoT solutions Orange Business Services (OBS) has teamed up with Siemens to launch a new set of IoT tools for industrial companies. More detail
    

@eurocomms