SIGFOX, the low power, wide area IoT network provider, has chalked up its first success in the Middle East after Omantel, a provider of integrated telecommunication services in the Sultanate of Oman announced this week (13 April 2016) that it is to deploy a SIGFOX IoT network in the Sultanate.
As a SIGFOX network operator, Omantel will work closely with SIGFOX’s global IoT ecosystem, including manufacturers of components and objects, to offer a wide variety of connected solutions for smart applications, energy efficiency, agriculture, security and other uses. The companies expect to offer network coverage to 85% of Oman’s population within 18 months.
The move is part of Omantel’s 3.0 transformation strategy, which includes adopting proven new technologies and expanding services, in line with the company’s plans to lead digitisation in the Sultanate.
“As innovators and early adopters of proven new technologies, it is vital that Omantel partners with like-minded companies to deliver the potential of the Omantel 3.0 transformation strategy,” said Samy Ahmed Al Ghassany, chief operating officer at Omantel.
“SIGFOX offers a pioneering IoT solution that will complement our comprehensive telecommunication services. This agreement strongly supports our commitment to innovate by enhancing infrastructure and using new technologies that increase our network coverage and capabilities.”
“This is an exciting partnership for SIGFOX since Omantel is a highly innovative telecom provider that is committed to offering its business and residential customers a broad suite of services, including SIGFOX global IoT connectivity,” said Thierry Siminger, president of SIGFOX Middle East and Africa (MEA). “This deployment in the Sultanate of Oman also is a major milestone in SIGFOX’s expansion in the MEA region”.
Earlier this month, SIGFOX announced the rollout of its network in New Zealand and Australia, which also added another continent to the company’s global coverage map. This new deployment in Oman marks the addition of the 17th country signed and the first SIGFOX network rollout in the Middle East, with a huge potential market.