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Double boost for Sigfox with Wireless Logic and SFR

Steve Rogerson
March 24, 2016
 
The growth of the Sigfox network continued this week with two announcements – Wireless Logic will become Arqiva’s first UK reseller of Sigfox low power, wide area connectivity and Altice’s subsidiary SFR will integrate Sigfox connectivity in the group’s service offering in France and internationally.
 
UK communications infrastructure and media services company Arqiva and Wireless Logic will work together to introduce Sigfox connectivity to Wireless Logic’s customer base. Sigfox connectivity helps remove the barriers to large-scale rollouts by delivering low cost, low power connectivity for IoT devices.  Integrating this capability into the Wireless Logic offering opens up a wealth of opportunities for businesses that previously deemed IoT services too costly or technically unviable to launch.
 
“We are delighted to add the capabilities of Arqiva’s Sigfox network to the Wireless Logic communications portfolio,” said Jon-Paul Clarke, business development director at Wireless Logic. “This new addition to our service offering will complement our existing offerings and continue to deliver compelling propositions and value-added services to new and existing customers.”
 
With access to over 30 mobile network operators (MNOs) and satellite carriers, as well as Arqiva Sigfox connectivity, Wireless Logic offers a complete range of platforms to organisations seeking one or multiple networks with a suite of managed services to deliver resilient and secure M2M communications.
 
“The internet of things holds vast potential for businesses looking to leverage the benefits hyper-connectivity has to offer, and we’re looking forward to seeing the market go from strength to strength,” said Sean Weir, director of M2M at Arqiva. “What we’ve seen so far, however, is that IoT clearly needs a far-reaching, low power wide area network to operate across to make this happen – just like the one we’re providing. Wireless Logic has a strong portfolio of customers across multiple verticals, all using IoT in different ways, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with them to deliver even more IoT possibilities through our Sigfox technology.”
 
The Arqiva Sigfox network is already accessible by 30 per cent of the UK population across 11 major cities and 54 towns, including Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield.
 
Telecoms and media group Altice’s subsidiary SFR, the second-largest French global telecommunications operator, will integrate Sigfox connectivity in the group’s service offering in France and internationally to complement the group’s telecoms offer.
 
This partnership aims to offer complementary connectivity that can democratise the IoT in all sectors of the economy and expand the offer of connectivity for businesses and consumers.
 
Altice is building an international group based on the convergence of mobile and fixed high-speed networks with media, content and platform services in Western Europe (comprising France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland), the USA, Israel and the Overseas Territories, comprising the French Caribbean, the Indian Ocean regions and the Dominican Republic.
 
“We are convinced that the IoT market is an opportunity to seize now, with a global vision,” said Michel Combes, CEO of SFR. “We are talking about billions of connections. We share the same entrepreneurial vision with Sigfox and the will to conquer new markets. The availability of the Sigfox network allows us to bring new internet of things solutions to our B2B clients.”
 
In France, where the network already covers 92 per cent of the population, this partnership will allow the customers of SFR, the first operator to launch 4G mobile telecoms in France and an expert in M2M, to benefit from the best of high and low bandwidth. SFR clients will use Sigfox connectivity as a complement to existing connectivity, such as 4G or Wifi.
 
“Sigfox has always been convinced that the IoT requires a new type of connectivity, and that our offer would not compete with services offered by cellular operators,” said Ludovic Le Moan, CEO of Sigfox. “We are excited and proud to join Altice and its founder Patrick Drahi to share this vision, and especially to realise the ambition to make the IoT a major activity for the development of both companies.”
 
In 2016, Sigfox plans to cover more than 30 countries with its network. The partnership with Altice will extend in all territories where the group is present, including Portugal with Portugal Telecom, the USA and Israel. There are more than 100 connected devices compatible with the Sigfox network and Altice will help grow this portfolio with the help of its industrial clients and the start-ups supported by Sigfox.