BSNL or Bharat Sanchar nigam Limited is all set to provide Global satellite phone services to General Indian public. BSNL has been providing these services in India since 24th May, 2017 but it was only provided to a few government agencies which has now been made accessible for the general public as well.
This service has been launched through INMARSAT.
This would be of great help for the people living in remote regions where there is no network coverage. Many remote villages of Himachal Pradesh such as those of spiti valley and for some parts of Kinnaur and Ladakh as well. It will prove to be a blessing as people living there still have to rely on pretty primitive ways to communicate with people living in other regions.
This might also prove very useful for hardcore off-roaders who are quite used to zero networks on there smartphones. Just imagine calling your loved ones from a remote camping site which you couldn’t even have dreamt before.
The GSP service offers communication services via satellite and doesn’t rely on terrestrial telephone towers. It only depends upon the signal from satellite which is at around 35,700 km above earth. Uptill now BSNL has been catering it’s GSPS services to agencies handling disaster management, BSF, police, railways etc. BSNL has also received an Inflight and Maritime connectivity licence from Department of telecommunication (DOT) or Government of India.
Key features of Global phone satellite services:
It covers the entire geographical region of India. (with restrictions in a few areas as per government guidelines)
It does not depend upon conventional cell phone towers and can be used in the most remote regions of India.
It can also be used in situations of any natural calamities and is currently even used by disaster recovery services.
You can call any Indian number through this service.
It’s much easier to track a GSPS user as compared to more popular telecom services.
How much will BSNL’s Global phone satellite services (GSPS) cost you:
In order to use this service, you will have to use a totally different handsets (ISAT Phone 2). Which will be provided and distributed by BSNL only. According to BSNL’s official website, this handset alone is gonna cost you around INR 70000 + GST. Which is quite expensive when you compare it with the latest smartphone trends. But it can be feasible for some, as people do buy Galaxy series and iPhones which lie in the same territory.
EPC charge of INR 14250 per year per handset and is to be paid in advance.
The call rates are also very steep when compared to normal mobile phone service providers:
Every call is charged at around INR 35 per minute.
National messages will be charged at INR 25 per message.
International messages will be charged INR 265 per message.
This is an expensive piece of equipment which is expected to become more affordable with time. BSNL through this are targeting those who live in remote regions with no network coverage and also for those who frequently travel through no network region. This service can also be used while flying in an airplane. So, this device is a must have for those who cannot afford to lose or compromise their connectivity no matter where they go.
You can expect this device to work even in the situations of natural calamities or some other similar situations after which there is an abrupt loss of connection. So, this can also be used as a backup emergency phone. Which can prove to be a vital piece of equipment is you are trapped somewhere. Till now, NDRF and a few other government agencies used this while providing support in case of any natural disasters.