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Inmarsat partners with Vodafone on IoT integration

Inmarsat and mobile operator Vodafone have announced a roaming agreement which will look to integrate technologies from the two companies to enable international satellite and cellular roaming connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT).

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}“Deploying satellite connectivity to complement terrestrial networks for IoT applications changes the Internet of Things into the Internet of Everywhere,” said Rupert Pearce, CEO, Inmarsat.

“The growth in mission critical IoT applications is driving demand for connectivity with unprecedented reach, range and reliability on a global basis. This agreement marks a first for Inmarsat; enabling a mobile operator to utilise broadband roaming services on our global network.”

The agreement is based on use of the Inmarsat I-4 global L-band satellite network, the same constellation used to power FleetBroadband, to carry IoT traffic in areas not covered by cellular networks. 

“Success in IoT demands a mix of different technologies for different applications. By adding satellite connectivity from Inmarsat to the Vodafone portfolio we continue to deliver on our strategy 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.”{/mprestriction}

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