New Delhi Public Sector Telecom Company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has launched Satellite Phone service from INMARSAT on Wednesday. Initially, this service will made available only to government agencies and later it will introduced for the general public in a phased manner.
This service also covers areas where there is no network. However, this service has been provided by the International Mobile Internet Organization (INMARSAT), which has 14 satellites. On the occasion of launching this service, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said that the phone was given to the Disaster Management, State Police, Border Security Force and other government departments in the first phase. Later, the service will be available to those traveling by plane traveler and ships.
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Currently, Satellite Phone Service Tata Communications Limited (TCL) has made available in India, which obtained the license of the government-run Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL) in the heritage with the acquisition, BSNL chairman and managing director Anupam Srivastava said, We are launching satellite phone service with Vaesses and SMS from today. Also, Shrivastav said that the service of Tata Communications will end on June 30, 2017.
At present there are 1,532 authorized satellite phone connections in the country. Tata Communications has provided 4,143 permits for sea-related communities using such phones on ships.
However, Gautam Sharma, Managing Director of INMARSAT India said that all satellite phone connections in India will transferred to BSNL. BSNL will determine the call rate only. But, it should be between 30-35 rupees per minute.
The special thing is that there is also geo-fencing in this service. This means that the call given by BSNL will not work outside the country. Apart from this, BSNL will be able to record the conversation on these mobile phones, and if necessary, the data will be provided to the security agencies.