Coming Soon

Data Service
and SMS over Satellite

In addition to terrestrial networks, emnify SIM cards will soon bring essential communication services to remote areas with data service and SMS over satellite. Our SIM cards provide access to both terrestrial and satellite networks, extending IoT service coverage for business-critical applications beyond mobile cellular networks.

Connectivity at a glance

Highlights of emnify satellite IoT services

emnify IoT SIM cards enable your devices not only to connect to more than 540 cellular land mobile networks in over 180 countries, but soon also to 3GPP compliant satellite networks providing global coverage even in International Waters. Whether you need terrestrial cellular or non-terrestrial connectivity via satellite for data service and SMS we’ve got you covered.


NTN Data & SMS Specifications

NB-IoT data service can be accessed via Skylo. Using a NTN-capable NB-IoT device you will be able to transfer data from and to anywhere in the USA, EU, Switzerland and in International Waters. Coverage will extend to more countries as regulatory approval is granted.


 Satellite network: Skylo
 Radio access technology: 5G NTN - 3GPP Release 17
 Frequency bands: 1.6 GHz (B255), 2.0 GHz (B256,B23)
 Service type: NB-IoT IP Data, message based
 Device compatibility: · Cat-NB1 and Cat-NB2 devices with 3GPP Rel-17 NTN upgrades
· Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)

Short message service (SMS) can be accessed via the Lynk satellite network across International Waters. Using a standard 2G GSM cellular device you will be able to text data bidirection from and to offshore marine locations.


 Satellite network: Lynk
 Radio access technology: 2G GSM
 Frequency bands: 900Mhz, 850 MHz
 Service type: SMS
 Device compatibility: · GSM capable IoT devices and handsets
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Technology that enables devices to connect and communicate at scale.

Frequently Asked Questions

Strengthening the emnify IoT SuperNetwork – we have entered into partnerships with innovative satellite network service providers to further increase the global IoT service footprint:

  • emnify and Skylo will provide satellite coverage for Narrowband IoT devices that are capable to communicate with Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN), as specified in 3GPP 5G Release 17.
  • emnify and Lynk will provide satellite coverage for conventional 2G GSM capable devices and handsets. A Lynk low-earth-orbiting satellite functions like a “cell tower in the sky”- your device will see it like any land mobile network. Starting with SMS this year and moving towards data service when the Lynk satellite constellation grows - it enables affordable, secure communications whilst your solution is out in international waters.

With Satellite IoT services, emnify can support a diverse mix of typical use cases:
  • Transportation
  • Marine
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Construction
  • Heavy equipment
  • Mining
  • Utilities (e.g. water, solar, oil/gas)

emnify delivers on the promise of the IoT SuperNetwork - wherever, whenever, you require connectivity. We continue to add networks and different technologies to our IoT SuperNetwork. Working with Lynk and Skylo are the first steps of many to come to extend the IoT SuperNetwork into space and provide even better coverage for our customers.

Wherever there is clear visibility of the sky, the technology is capable of providing connectivity. Indoor coverage should not be expected because the device would not be in line of sight with a satellite in the sky, and while some obstructions are not critical e.g. light tree cover or a wood ceiling, it is unlikely to work in a multi-story building.

Providing the service requires regulatory approval - the Skylo GEO satellite network has approval to provide NB-IoT data service coverage in the USA, Canada , UK, European Union, Switzerland and in International Waters.

The Lynk LEO satellite network provides SMS services in International Waters. In both cases, additional regulatory approvals are being processed and the list of places where the service is permitted will grow significantly in the future.