It has brought in US-based Skylo to help with the heavy lifting. Rather than operate its own satellite network, Skylo partners with them instead. Acting as a middleman, it offers what is essentially a hotspot that connects to devices over narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), and then provides a link from those devices to orbiting satellites.
Telefónica’s hybrid service will be enabled by an integrated SIM (iSIM) card loaded with a Skylo NTN profile. It will initially be available in North America and Europe, followed by other regions at a later date. It is pitched at companies that want to monitor and control devices on a global scale, even in locations where terrestrial NB-IoT coverage is not available.
In addition to Skylo, Telefónica said it plans to establish further partnerships with satellite IoT operators by the end of this year.
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