Terrestrial IoT solutions provider, emnify, has engaged in a technological collaboration with Skylo, a satellite service provider, which will allow emnify customers to access satellite IoT services. Using 3GPP Rel-17 NTN-compliant radio user equipment, users will be able to make terrestrial cellular and satellite IoT connections with the same SIM cards.
“Today, most enterprises are limited to using terrestrial mobile networks for wireless IoT solutions, unless they opt for costly and proprietary satellite network services from an additional service provider,” says Alexander Schebler, VP of Network Access at emnify.
The partnership integrates satellite and terrestrial mobile communications systems into a unified “network of networks” to deliver more resilient, accessible, and flexible connectivity solutions, according to emnify.
“With this collaboration, we’re redefining the future of IoT connectivity,” Schebler said. “There’s no need for hybrid or proprietary solutions and patchworks of IoT service subscriptions: by bringing emnify and Skylo together, we’re providing cost-effective universal connectivity and enabling customers to realize the full value inherent in their device fleets via their existing emnify cloud infrastructure.”
Users of emnify can access 540 cellular systems in 180 countries through a global SIM card. Skylo offers IoT service to those users over existing geostationary satellites. Skylo announced it is collaborating with Deutsche Telekom in February to provide converged cellular and satellite connectivity for IoT applications under the T-IoT brand.