Sigfox, the low power wide area network (LPWAN) provider for Internet of Things (IoT), is to expand its activities into the Middle East and Africa (MEA), it announced today (12 October2015). It is opening an office in Dubai to manage its network rollout in the region.
“Sigfox has always planned to build a dedicated Internet of Things network that covers the world and provides ubiquitous and seamless connectivity to billions of objects that will use the IoT,” said Xavier Drilhon, Sigfox deputy chief executive officer.
“The Middle East and Africa region is a logical next step in that strategy, and our business-development work in those countries has built a strong foundation for our continued rapid global expansion.”
Based in Dubai, the company’s MEA operations are headed by mobile-telecom industry veteran Thierry Siminger, president of Sigfox Middle East & Africa (pictured). He has more than 20 years of experience in MEA mobile, machine-to-machine (M2M) and information technologies (IT) markets.
He joins Sigfox from Oberthur Technologies, the provider of digital security solutions for the mobility space. Most recently, he was president of Oberthur’s Russia, Middle East and Africa (RMEA) unit, and managing director of telecom for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Earlier in his career, he was managing director for Gemplus (now GEMALTO) for the MEA region.
“There is very strong interest in implementing the benefits of the Internet of Things for applications such as security, asset tracking, smart cities and utility-service payments, and connecting MEA countries to a global network,” Siminger said. “Sigfox is the only company in the world that can do that with low-cost, low-energy-use connectivity.”
Sigfox said it is currently operating in 10 European countries and is being deployed in the US. It has a register of over 5 million devices on its networks.