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SIGFOX, Thinxtra extend IoT network to Australia, New Zealand

William Payne
April 7, 2016
 
Communications provider SIGFOX and IoT network operator Thinxtra are partnering to extend the SIGFOX IoT network to Australia and New Zealand. Thinxtra will deploy and operate  nationwide SIGFOX networks in Australia and New Zealand and offer subscription-based SIGFOX services to businesses and consumers in both countries.

The two companies plan to offer coverage to 30 percent of all Australians and New Zealanders by the end of 2016, and extend to 85 percent of the two countries’ total population within 18 months.

Thinxtra, launched in 2015 to become a SIGFOX Network Operator, is receiving major backing from Rakon Limited, a publicly traded New Zealand company that designs and manufactures advanced frequency-control and timing solutions for telecommunications, global positioning and space and defense applications. The company has a history of innovation in communications technology going back some 50 years.

“Australia and New Zealand businesses are early adopters of the IoT and we have already identified a huge demand for innovative applications in multiple sectors, such as asset tracking and management, smart metering for utilities, smart irrigation, crop monitoring and cattle tracking for the agriculture sector, as well as a wide range of smart-city solutions,” said Loic Barancourt, CEO of Thinxtra. “As the provider of the SIGFOX device-to-cloud offer, the world’s leading and most mature low power, wide area-based IoT connectivity solution, our role is to help make these exciting opportunities a reality.”

“The investment in Thinxtra provides Rakon with an excellent opportunity to leverage future IoT business opportunities, thanks to the company’s core technology and ability to develop new products for the IoT market,” said Brent Robinson, CEO of Rakon. “We are excited to participate in SIGFOX’s global IoT ecosystem, which will grow quickly in Australia and New Zealand and enable Rakon to develop new solutions to the huge IoT market globally.”