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Internet of Things bods Sigfox have struck a global deal with Telefonica to offer their unlicensed spectrum connectivity tech through the telco.
Sigfox’s connectivity tech competes with the Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) wireless connectivity specification, which is the IoT standard generally favoured by telcos. This is because NB-IoT can be rolled out through software updates to existing LTE base stations, vastly lowering the cost of adoption.
Telefonica - NB-IoT - Sigfox - Strings - IoT
Nonetheless, Telefonica said it will continue offering NB-IoT alongside Sigfox, giving it two strings to its IoT bow. NB-IoT operates in licensed spectrum, unlike Sigfox.
The deal sees Sigfox’s comms tech and its cloud offering being integrated into Telefonica’s IoT products. As the press statement notes, this will allow Telefonica to “develop its own end-to-end IoT solutions” and offer “data collection and management”.
Mass - Rollouts - Spain - Germany - Mexico
We are promised mass rollouts across Spain, Germany, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and Brazil this year, along with France and the US.
Ludovic Le Moan, CEO of Sigfox, gushed in a canned statement: “We are honoured to have reached this agreement with Telefónica. It is a true testament to the mass IoT opportunity, which is already a reality today.”
News - Blow - LoRa - Alliance - LoRaWAN
The news will come as a blow to the LoRa Alliance, whose LoRaWAN IoT connectivity tech is a direct unlicensed spectrum competitor of Sigfox’s. It is also, naturally, a shot in the arm for Sigfox, which is still dependent on venture capital funding to keep operating. Last year the firm set itself a $200m funding round target which it missed by $50m. As a result the company pushed back its IPO to 2018, delaying it by a year.
Today’s news also comes hot on the heels of Telefonica selling a 40 per cent stake in its Telxius infrastructure...
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