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Inmarsat and JT combine satellite and cellular connectivity

Steve Rogerson
November 9, 2017



Satellite communications firm Inmarsat has formed a strategic partnership with international telecommunications provider Jersey Telecom (JT) that will enable Inmarsat to deliver holistic connectivity for IoT technology.
 
The global network will combine Inmarsat’s existing satellite communications infrastructure and cellular data provided by JT. This will let Inmarsat’s customers access a global connectivity network from a single provider to deliver IoT services.
 
“This is a hugely important partnership for Inmarsat,” said Paul Gudonis, president of Inmarsat Enterprise. “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 the first demonstration of the potential of a global IoT network, JT and Inmarsat have worked with Actility to establish a smart city initiative in Kigali, Rwanda. The satellite-enabled, city-wide IoT network uses JT’s M2M sim cards within Actility’s base stations to create the connectivity gateways required for IoT applications. This has enabled a variety of large scale IoT projects to be deployed in Kigali, including a smart bus project, real-time monitoring of air pollution level, precision farming and a connected surveillance system.
 
“We are delighted to be supporting Inmarsat in rolling out global connectivity to support its IoT network,” said Tom Noel, managing director of JT’s international division. “With over 600 direct roaming partners, we can offer multi-network communications that span almost every country in the world, and our M2M sim is purpose built to deliver the connectivity required for IoT. We are looking forward to taking this partnership with Inmarsat forward and continuing to service our customers with high-speed, reliable connectivity, wherever they are in the world.”
 
Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organisations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air.