BSNL has started the satellite phone service. It will work in areas where there are no mobile signals. This service will be given with the help of satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat, which has 14 satellites. Initially, it will be made available to government agencies only.
So far in India, satellite communication was being provided by Tata Communications. According to BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava, the services of TCL (Tata Communications Ltd) will end on June 30, 2017
There are currently 1,532 authorized satellite phone connections in India, most of whom are using security force. TCL had issued 4,143 permits for the maritime community for use on the ship. According to Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha, this phone will be given to the Disaster Control Agencies, State Police, Railway, Border Security Force and other government agencies in the initial phase. They said that people traveling in the flight and ship will be able to use it later.