Low power, wide area (LPWA) Internet of Things network provider SIGFOX, has announced it will expand deployment of its network in 100 cities across the USA in 2016. The company said the expansion is in response to strong demand for energy-and-cost efficient IoT connectivity in the US.
In March 2015, Sigfox announced ambitious plans to cover 90% of the USA within three years. San Francisco was the first of 10 US cities Sigfox was aiming to install its infrastructure in by Q1 2016. The move to provide coverage in 100 cities by the end of the year marks a considerable ramping up in its deployment plans.
To achieve rapid network deployment in 100 US cities before year-end and meet the market’s strong demand, SIGFOX said it has strategically partnered with multiple site owners, including tower, rooftop and billboard sites. Together the partnerships give the company access to more than 230,000 sites across the United States.
Taking advantage of the simple and fast rollout of the network, which requires far lighter infrastructure than traditional wireless networks, SIGFOX will need a limited number of these sites to further extend its network’s footprint in the country.
“The US is a huge growth market for Internet of Things connectivity, especially in smart cities, utilities, shipping and agriculture sectors that require large-scale and cost-effective communication,” said Allen Proithis, president of SIGFOX North America.
“Our partnerships with these site owners enables SIGFOX to leverage existing sites to rapidly deploy our out-of-the-box connectivity solution in the US market. SIGFOX’s low-cost Internet of Things connectivity complements cellular networks, and allows billions of additional devices to participate in the benefits of IoT.”
IDC forecasts that by 2020 North America will have the world’s third-largest installed base of IoT units (7.5 billion) and, correspondingly, the third-largest market for IoT-generated revenue ($1.9 trillion).
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