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Sigfox and Telefónica strike deal to offer IoT services worldwide

Steve Rogerson
March 2, 2017
 
In a global deal, Telefónica is to integrate Sigfox’s low powered connectivity into its managed connectivity platform.
 
By complementing Telefónica’s cellular offerings with Sigfox’s connectivity, users should be able to benefit from the best of both worlds when developing IoT services. Depending on their needs, they can choose the most appropriate type of connectivity or combine them, implementing use cases and creating new service opportunities that otherwise may not have been possible.
 
From day one, the Sigfox network has been designed for the mass IoT market, defined by simple use cases requiring low data exchanges and enabling years-to-decades of battery life for connected devices. With its network approach, the French company combines simplicity, predictable low energy consumption, low cost and seamless connectivity.
 
The benefits of having Sigfox and cellular based technologies in the same IoT devices provide additional security, reliability (backup and troubleshooting) and anti-jamming.
 
Additionally, Telefónica’s managed connectivity platform will integrate Sigfox’s cloud, which gives the company the ability to develop its own end-to-end IoT services based on Sigfox’s connectivity and including device integration, as well as data collection and management.
 
In the asset-tracking and smart-metering industries for example, the two companies are already in positive discussions with customers to deliver mass IoT rollouts across Europe and Latin America in 2017, including countries in Telefónica´s footprint such as Spain, Germany, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and Brazil, and others such as the USA and France.
 
WND, Sigfox’s partner in Latin America has already started discussions with local Telefónica entities in the region.
 
“We are honoured to have reached this agreement with Telefónica,” said Ludovic Le Moan, CEO of Sigfox. “It is a true testament to the mass IoT opportunity, which is already a reality today. Existing customers are already developing new use cases based on our combined value proposals, with cellular and Sigfox’s connectivity working seamlessly to provide powerful IoT use cases.”
 
The deal, set for several millions of connections, is part of Telefónica’s global strategy regarding LPWA, relying on such licensed technology as NB-IoT and LTE-M, and non-licensed technology such as Sigfox, adopting the most appropriate technology to the use case and customer needs.
 
“The simplicity of Sigfox’s connectivity and its global IoT ecosystem are a great complement to our IoT connectivity technologies and our LPWA strategy,” said Andres Escribano, IoT connectivity business director at Telefónica. “Together, we are more able to help our customers capitalise upon the great IoT opportunity and conquer new markets.”
 
Sigfox’s network is present in 31 countries and on track to cover 60 by 2018, covering a population of 486 million people.
 
Swiss chip company ST Microelectronics is expanding its family of secure elements with a plug-and-play system that provides security features to devices connected to the Sigfox network. The STSAFE-A1SX secure element is based on a tamper-resistant Common Criteria EAL5+ -certified SE technology that enhances the integrity and confidentiality of transmissions to and from the IoT device over the Sigfox network. The secure element runs an optimised secure application for use in in banking, e-commerce and identity.
 
UnaBiz has officially launched the first IoT dedicated network in Singapore. Six months after its incorporation with Sigfox and Engie, UnaBiz, the exclusive Sigfox network operator in Singapore and Taiwan, is fully operational to deliver commercial grade connectivity and services for IoT in the city-state, starting from S$1 per device per year.