EI Towers and NETTROTTER are to roll out a Sigfox low power wide area network for Internet of Things applications across Italy. Sigfox said that this partnership means Italy is the tenth country to deploy nationwide network coverage using its technology.
As a Sigfox network operator, NETTROTTER will provide two-way subscription-based connectivity to Italian customers, and will work closely with Sigfox and IT developers and device makers to integrate the Sigfox protocol into a wide range of applications. Currently deployed in nine countries, Sigfox claims it has 5 million devices registered on its networks.
NETTROTTER’s share capital is controlled by EI Towers, having as minority shareholder Thinktank 2000, owned by Carlos Lambarri, a veteran executive in the telecom industry and former chief executive of several international subsidiaries of Telecom Italia. With more of 7 million object connections, Italy is one of the biggest M2M markets in Europe and presents good opportunities for growth, Sigfox believes.
“Italian IoT customers are keen to adopt new, beneficial technology applications across multiple sectors such as smart cities, health care, manufacturing, construction, transportation and safety and security,” said Carlos Lambarri, NETTROTTER’s CEO.
“The SIGFOX network is key to NETTROTTER’s plan to install and operate the IoT throughout Italy, because it provides highly scalable connectivity at low-cost and very low energy consumption for connected devices.”
“The new IoT network to be developed by our new subsidiary NETTROTTER is 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 10 major US cities by Q1 2016: San Francisco, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin, Houston, Atlanta, Dallas and San Jose.
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