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Sigfox to roll out in 100 US cities this year

Steve Rogerson
May 10, 2016
 
Responding to demand for energy-and-cost efficient IoT connectivity in the USA, Sigfox says it will expand deployment of its network in 100 cities across the country in 2016.
 
Currently operating in 18 countries and registering over seven million devices in its network, France-based Sigfox claims to be the world’s leading provider of subscription-based low-power, wide-area (LPWA) communications for the IoT. Its expansion in Latin America last month, with network deployment underway in Brazil, marked the company’s presence on all continents and another step in its goal of establishing one global, seamless network that provides ubiquitous connectivity for billions of objects.
 
IDC forecasts that by 2020 North America will have the world’s third-largest installed base of IoT units (7.5 billion) and, correspondingly, the third-largest market for IoT-generated revenue ($1.9tn).
 
To achieve rapid network deployment in 100 US cities before the end of the year and meet the market’s strong demand, Sigfox has strategically partnered with multiple site owners, including tower, rooftop and billboard sites. Together, the partnerships give the company access to more than 230,000 sites across the USA.
 
Taking advantage of the simple and fast rollout of the network, which requires far lighter infrastructure than traditional wireless networks, the company will need a limited number of these sites to extend its network’s footprint in the country.
 
“The USA is a huge growth market for internet of things connectivity, especially in smart cities, utilities, shipping and agriculture sectors that require large-scale and cost-effective communications,” said Allen Proithis, president of Sigfox North America. “Our partnerships with these site owners enables Sigfox to leverage existing sites to rapidly deploy our out-of-the-box connectivity in the US market. Sigfox’s low-cost internet of things connectivity complements cellular networks, and allows billions of additional devices to participate in the benefits of IoT.”