Public sector telecom company BSNL has introduced satellite phone service through Inmarsat. Initially it will be made to government agencies and later it will be made available to the citizens in a phased manner. This service can also add areas where there is no network. Inmarsat is the international shipping satellite telecommunications organization that operates satellite. 14 satellites work in this division. On the occasion of launching this service, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said, “In the first phase, this service will be given to the Disaster Management, State Police, Border Security Force departments and other government agencies. This service will be later available to air passengers and those traveling by ships.
Right now, Satellite Communications Services handled by Tata Communications Ltd. who had obtained its license with the acquisition of Government Sector Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL). BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Srivastava said, “We are starting Satellite phone service with voice and SMS today.
Tata Communications is currently offering satellite phone services in the country. Srivastava said that the services of Tata Communications will end on June 30, 2017. At present there are 1,532 authorized satellite phone connections in the country, which can operate in the country. Most of these are being used by the security forces. Tata Communications has provided 4,143 permits for sea-related communities using such phones on ships.