Mobile operator IotNet Mexico is to deploy a SIGFOX low power, wide area IoT network in Mexico, which it will roll out with WND, the company launched to extend SIGFOX’s network across Latin America.
Mexico City, with a population of 21 million, provides one of the world’s largest markets for smart-city applications, which Machina Research says will represent one-third of all low-power, wide-area (LPWA) connections in the country. The partners expect city-wide coverage by the end of 2016 and nationwide service availability shortly thereafter.
IotNet Mexico, the exclusive SIGFOX network operator (SNO) in the country, will also focus initially on applications for utilities such as remote metering for water, gas and residential electricity.
“As part of a group that is providing utility services to major Mexican companies and is deploying the first metering-as-a-service in the country, we made an extensive comparison of the available LPWA and cellular technologies and concluded SIGFOX was superior in simplicity, choice of hardware vendors and ecosystem support,” said Daniel Guevara, CEO of IotNet Mexico.
“But more than that, we chose them for their disruptive business model and their versatile global ecosystem that helps SNOs and their customers quickly implement the IoT.”
The SIGFOX solution is a low power, low cost, low data throughput, wide area IoT network, which uses unlicensed spectrum.Its dedicated solution is tailored for smart cities, smart buildings, asset tracking, remote monitoring, utility metering and multiple other applications that will make up the vast majority of IoT use cases.
IotNet Mexico is partnering with WND to provide SIGFOX’s connectivity throughout Mexico. WND, founded by Chris Bataillard, an entrepreneur and active founder, investor and advisor at several telecommunications and high-tech companies, kicked off the Latin America expansion with Brazil only two months ago.
“The SIGFOX network will help unlock the promise of the Internet of Things across Mexico, because it is simple, fast and affordable to connect millions of devices that will share their data over multiple applications,” said Bataillard.
“By deploying the SIGFOX network in Mexico with IotNet Mexico, we are substantially increasing the scale of the deployments in the region to reduce even further the costs of bringing this network to cities and businesses who are committed to delivering value added IoT services in Latin America.”
“This partnership with IotNet Mexico continues our rapid network deployment in Latin America and adds another key country to our global seamless network,” said Rodolphe Baronnet-Frugès, SIGFOX executive vice president networks and operators.
“With the addition of Mexico, SIGFOX and its network operator partners are currently deploying the SIGFOX network in countries totaling one billion people, with one third of this population under effective coverage today.”