Satellite phone service launched

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited launched the Global Satellite Phone Service (GSPS) here on Saturday.

Its Deputy General Manager (Enterprise Business), Tamil Nadu Circle, S. Elangovan, explained salient features of the service to fishermen for whom it would come in handy as they practice deep-sea stay fishing.

He said the service provides voice call and SMS facility using satellite communication without any mobile network or signal from a mobile tower and keeps the user connected in the remotest corner through direct link with the satellite.

A SIM card with unique mobile number is allotted for this service and it will cover the entire country. The service can be availed outside India also on roaming basis.

It provides location-based services like tracking facility, GPS location, emergency alert etc.

“Once the text message is sent during an emergency, the GPS will coordinate the user’s current location to one or more recipients automatically, which will enable rescue operation easier. In a critical situation, the ‘assistance’ button allows the user to send text messages to pre-defined numbers and voice call to a pre-defined number automatically,” he said.

Dependable connectivity, high-quality voice, rugged design, incoming call alerts, extended battery capacity of 8 hours talk time and 100 hours standby, internal speakerphone, Bluetooth, lightweight etc. are some of key features of the satellite phone. “Though this phone will be immensely useful for fishermen of Thoothukudi district, especially to those practising multi-day deep-sea fishing, it can also be used for relief and rescue operations during natural disasters,” Mr. Elangovan noted.

A group of fishermen from Tharuvaikulam participated in the event. Assistant General Manager (Enterprise Business), Narayanan, Assistant General Manager (Sales) L. Vijayalakshmi and Sub-Divisional Engineer (Marketing) Eskalin were present.

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/satellite-phone-service-launched/article24959508.ece

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