Sigfox – the world’s leading provider of communications solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT) – has entered into collaboration with Telxius, the infrastructure company created by Telefónica, to further accelerate the expansion of the Sigfox network in Germany. The cooperation enables Sigfox to increase its network coverage in Germany to more than 80 percent in one fell swoop.
In a first step, Sigfox will equip a number of the 2,350 telecom towers that Telxius acquired from Telefónica Germany in early 2016. In addition, Sigfox can utilize further selected antenna locations of Telefónica Germany for further expansion of its network. To reach complete network coverage across Germany requires only about 2,500 Sigfox base stations. The comparatively low infrastructure costs are a major reason why the Sigfox network offers price advantages over alternative solutions.
“The focus of this cooperation is to cover more ground with existing infrastructure in order to achieve high outdoor coverage as quickly as possible. This is critical for the rollout of transportation, logistics and geolocalization applications, and our second major development goal after having already succeeded in serving the metropolitan areas,” said Vincent Sabot, Vice President Europe at Sigfox.
“Our Germany-wide infrastructure is ideal for sending and receiving data over the Sigfox network. It was developed for mobile telephony and already ensures reliable network coverage in Germany. It therefore enables an efficient roll out of the low-power wide-area based Sigfox network, whose cells provide extensive coverage,” explains Manfred Kickartz, Managing Director at Telxius Towers Germany.
Until now, Sigfox Germany has acquired masts and roofs for its base stations directly, reaching a network coverage of over 60 percent within 18 months. The co-operation with Telxius will increase network coverage to more than 80 percent, bringing the target of full network coverage by the end of 2018 within reach.
The globally expanding Sigfox network connects billions of devices to the Internet. Sigfox’s unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest obstacles to global IoT adoption: cost, power consumption, and global scalability.
Telxius is the global telecommunication infrastructure company created by Telefónica which enables communication through its unique combination of towers and an international cable network.
With over 16,300 telecommunications towers in six countries, Telxius features one of the most extensive tower catalogues in the world, effectively serving customers as the leading market provider in Spain and Germany and a main provider in Brazil, Chile, Peru and Argentina.
Telxius manages the 65,000 kilometers of its international network over high capacity undersea fiber optic cables, which includes SAM-1 and PCCS, both connecting the US, Central America and South America. Telxius is also part of Marea, the fastest submarine cable to ever cross the Atlantic, in partnership with Microsoft and Facebook. It is currently building the 11,000-kilometer BRUSA cable, connecting Brazil, Puerto Rico and the US.
Sigfox is the world’s leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT). The company has built a global network to connect billions of devices to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible, as simply as possible. Sigfox’s unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability.
Today, the network is present in 43 countries and on track to cover 60 by 2018. With millions of objects connected and a rapidly growing partner ecosystem, Sigfox empowers companies to move their business model towards more digital services. Founded in 2010 by Ludovic Le Moan and Christophe Fourtet, the company is headquartered in Labège near Toulouse, France’s “IoT Valley”. Sigfox also has offices in Paris, Madrid, Munich, Boston, San Francisco, Dubai, Singapore, Sao Paulo and Tokyo. For more information please vist www.sigfox.com, Twitter, Facebook and Youtube.
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