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AT&T Enhances IoT Connectivity with New Satellite Services

April 25, 2016

AT&T* is helping businesses connect their assets all over the world. Through our new satellite connectivity services, companies can better manage their Internet of Things (IoT) deployments. They're able to track assets even in hard-to-reach places where cellular service may be limited or unavailable.

Businesses and government customers often have assets spread across the globe. It can be challenging to pull data from devices in remote areas with limited connectivity. Think of places like a tractor on a farm, a generator in the desert or oil pipelines in remote regions. With satellite connectivity and our existing cellular services, we can help businesses be confident that even their most isolated assets are working properly.   

We've teamed up with Globecomm, a leading global solutions integrator and data management company, to launch a new service that allows satellite connectivity to work in conjunction with our cellular network. This allows IoT devices to operate on cellular when a signal is available, and then automatically switch to satellite when cell service is unavailable. That means businesses no longer need to purchase their cellular and satellite services separately. They can now use both to manage their IoT devices, networks and applications.

"We're offering a one-stop shop for IoT connectivity," said Mike Troiano, vice president, AT&T IoT Solutions. "Our customers now have a flexible, reliable and highly secure service to monitor their assets nearly anywhere. They don't have to choose one connectivity solution over the other – they can have the full package."

"Businesses want more real-time visibility into their assets on a global scale," said Jon Kirchner, senior vice president, Products and Corporate Strategy, Globecomm. "We're working with AT&T to offer near-seamless connectivity over a single platform. We're helping businesses collect and analyze critical information wherever their assets are – to generate operational improvements and hard ROI – on land or at sea."

Gartner forecasts that 6.4 billion connected "things" will be in use in 2016, up 30 percent from 2015.** According to Markets and Markets, those with satellite connectivity should grow 9.8 percent per year over the next four years.***