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.

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