Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha launched BSNL satellite mobile service
India telecom service provider BSNL planning to extend the mobile communication services for all Indian users through the all new BSNL satellite mobile service, so there will be no more network issues during natural disasters.
BSNL chairman and managing director Anupam Shrivastava said
“We have applied to International Maritime Organization. It will take some time to complete the process. In 18-24 months, we will be in a position to open satellite mobile phones service for citizens in a phased manner,”
The best advantage using satellite mobile phones is, it will work any part of the India without any network issues, and it also works even in flights and ships. So BSNL mobile phones will be best useful for those who work in flights, ships and other remote areas where there are no network signals.
However BSNL has already started a satellite mobile communication service using INMARST service which was available only for Indian government officials, but later BSNL and the Indian government decided to extend the satellite services for citizens of India.
What is BSNL satellite mobile service?
The INMARSTservices have 14 sub-satellites which will provide continuous mobile networks where there is no mobile communication throughout the India. The main objective of providing mobile satellite service for India citizens is, the present traditional mobile networks only provide 25-30Kms of coverage, and it only transmits signals to mobile equal to the height of mobile towers. Due to these issues sometimes we get low network signals, and we receive high network signals on the hilly areas or top of the buildings.
BSNL claimed that, in first phase government agencies who handle disasters managements, state police department, Indian Railways, Border security force and Indian army would be given priority to use satellite mobile phones. In the second phase, BSNL will extend their services all the citizens of India with specific terms and conditions.
“The number of satellite phone connections in India is very little, but once we open it for citizens, the whole dynamics of the market will change. The volumes will bring down the cost of service. We are charging only Re 1 over the cost that satellite firm will bill to us,” Shrivastava said.
Till now BSNL didn’t mention call rates of mobile satellite services, but experts are expecting that call rates will be in the range of Rs 30-35 in the first phase because there are only 4,600 connections in the country.
“Satellite phones also cost Rs 40,000 and more. All the satellite phones are imported at present. Once we open it for citizens, the volumes will drive down the cost of calls as well as the handset. Even, the huge volume can attract satellite phone manufacturers to set-up their unit in India. We expect it to create a new ecosystem of satellite services in the country,” Shrivastava said.
BSNL is joined with TCL (Tata communication limited) for manufacture satellite featured mobile phones, the company claimed that the process would be started from June 30, 2017, and TCL stated that all the mobile connections would be transferred to BSNL data center.
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