BSNL Launches World’s 1st Satellite-Based IoT Network

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has launched the world’s first satellite-based Internet-of-things (IoT) network. The network connects the areas of India where there is poor network connection.


  • This satellite based IoT network has been launched in collaboration with US-based firm Skylo.
  • This is the World’s first satellite-based IoT network that is launched in India.

About new IoT Service

  • The Internet of things (IoT) device that has been launched is a satellite-based network.
  • The services provided by this device network can be used in the parts of India where mobile towers are not present. The device would connect the areas including the rare villages and seas lying under Indian territory with the internet.
  • The service would provide a vast coverage so that the system does not leave any dark patch within the boundary of India.
  • It will provide coverage from Kashmir and Ladakh to Kanyakumari. It would also connect areas from Gujrat to North East India with its network.
  • This IoT device has been made by Skylo. While it will be distributed through BSNL at the cost of Rs 10,000 per unit.


Skylo is the first company that implemented the 5G cellular narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) protocol for the satellite communication. It has developed an affordable solution that connects geo satellites some 35 thousand kilometers apart in space. It collects and shares data through a cellular modem such as hardware named Skylo Hub. The hardware reads the data collected from sensors and transmits it to the Sylo satellite network. The satellite network further provides data to the users. The system is easy to install and is affordable. It can be accessed through mobiles and laptops.