Sigfox wants Hong Kong to be global IoT hub
November 2, 2017
Sigfox's Hong Kong network operator Thinxtra launched this week to support the growth of an IoT research and development ecosystem, providing IoT connectivity via an open territory-wide low-power wide-area (LPWA) network that connects to Sigfox networks in 36 other countries around the world.
Hong Kong has the potential to be a global hub for IoT and a showcase of IoT-enabled smart city services. To help Hong Kong realise this potential, Thinxtra is deploying base stations and antennas at key locations around the territory in preparation for the official launch of its LPWA network.
A total of 100 base stations are expected to be installed throughout Hong Kong by June 2018 to provide the long-range, low-bandwidth, low-power connectivity that businesses, research institutions and government organisations need to capitalise on the rise of IoT. The territory's first Sigfox base stations and antennas were installed at Hong Kong Science & Technology Park (HKSTP) in mid-August to create an open IoT network for tenant companies engaged in IoT research and development.
"With strong government support for the growth of the IoT and smart city industries, Hong Kong has the potential to be a leader in the global IoT revolution," said Loic Barancourt, CEO of Thinxtra. “A thriving innovation and incubation environment and a cost-effective LPWA network are essential to making this vision a reality.”
While rolling out its LPWA network in Hong Kong, Thinxtra has also begun nurturing local start-ups and other partners to create a strong local IoT ecosystem. As part of this effort, it is working closely with HKSTP on research and development as well as the design of devices and sensors.
"Organisations in Hong Kong can benefit from Thinxtra's expertise and infrastructure as they develop and deploy new IoT solutions on the Sigfox technology," said Murray Hankinson, managing director of Thinxtra Asia. “Making a wide range of new applications more viable, this will help stimulate innovation, enhance business competitiveness and further Hong Kong's growth as a leading smart city.
Thinxtra already has a live LPWA network covering much of the population of Australia and New Zealand, along with an ecosystem of more than 200 local IoT partners. The Hong Kong network will link with this infrastructure, as well as other Sigfox networks and IoT ecosystems in 36 countries around the world.
"We are at the very beginning of the IoT revolution, with real-world projects providing real value to businesses and communities," said Roswell Wolff, president for Asia-Pacific at Sigfox. “Thinxtra and Sigfox are laying the groundwork for this revolution in Asia Pacific, with Hong Kong as a core market for growth.”