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Sigfox plans Italy roll out of IoT network

Steve Rogerson
October 8, 2015
Sigfox has partnered with EI Towers and Nettrotterto roll out an IoT network across Italy.
Deployed in nine countries and registering five million devices, French company Sigfox claims to have the only IoT dedicated connectivity commercially available today. With this partnership, Italy becomes the tenth country to receive Sigfox network nationwide coverage.
As a Sigfox network operator, Italian start-up Nettrotterwill provide two-way subscription-based connectivity to Italian customers, and will work closely with IT developers and device makers to integrate the Sigfox protocol into a wide range of applications.
Nettrotter’sshare capital is controlled by El Towers, having as minority shareholder Thinktank 2000, owned by Carlos Lambarri, a veteran executive in the telecoms industry and former chief executive of several international subsidiaries of Telecom Italia.
“Italian IoT customers are keen to adopt new, beneficial technology applicationsacross multiple sectors such as smart cities, health care, manufacturing, construction, transportation and safety and security,” said Lambarri. “The Sigfox network is key toNettrotter’s plan to install and operate the IoT throughout Italy, becauseit provides highly scalable connectivity at low-cost and very low energy consumption for connected devices.”
With more of seven million object connections, Italy is one of the biggest M2M markets in Europe and it is believed to present a stirring annual growth expectation for the coming years.
“This partnership with EI Towers and Nettrotteris another great example of Sigfox’s ability to workwith entrepreneurial companies that want to rapidly roll out our network across a large area,” said Rodolphe Baronnet-Frugès, Sigfox executive vice president of networks and operators. “Coupled with EI Towers’ excellent footprint, it will quickly implement a vital IoT ecosystem in Italy. Italy has a very dynamic electronic industry at the forefront of the world IoT industry. We are excited to work with our partners and assist in bridging the Italian IoT initiatives to the rest of the world.”
EI Towers is an independent tower company in Italy. With an infrastructure of more than 3000 sites under management (2300 broadcast and more than 700 telecoms), it provides integrated services to network operators active in the TV broadcast sector, publishers or publishers’ consortia of radio industry, mobile telecoms network operators, wireless internet providers, public utilities and government institutions.
“The new IoTnetwork to be developed by our new subsidiary Nettrotteris a clear example of our commitment to innovation, and it will allow us to create new services and to enhance our portfolio by leveraging our existing core business,” said Guido Barbieri, co-CEO of EI Towers.
As part of its global expansion, Sigfox recently announced that its network will be installed in ten major US cities by the first quarter of 2016 – San Francisco, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin, Houston, Atlanta, Dallas and San Jose.