|By Business Wire
|May 16, 2014 06:05 AM EDT
Arqiva, the communications infrastructure and media services company,
and SIGFOX, a pioneer in cost-effective, energy-efficient Internet of
Things (IoT) connectivity, today announced that Arqiva will build and
run a national IoT network, starting with 10 of the UK’s largest cities1.
The new network, which will use SIGFOX technology and connect the UK to
the SIGFOX global IoT network, will unlock substantial economic benefits
and support innovative new services for smarter homes and cities.
SIGFOX’s ultra-narrowband technology is particularly suited to
connecting objects over long distances where a long battery life and low
cost are required. By becoming the SIGFOX Network Operator in the UK,
Arqiva has strengthened its position as a leading provider of
machine-to-machine connectivity services.
“Arqiva has the unique breadth of capabilities needed to meet evolving
machine-to-machine connectivity requirements across the UK. We already
run satellite, WiFi, and long-range radio networks, providing full
managed services where required,” said Wendy McMillan, managing director
of smart metering and machine-to-machine solutions at Arqiva. “Our smart
metering communications service, connecting 10 million homes using
long-range radio technology, will be one of the UK’s largest
“Our partnership with SIGFOX, and the new dedicated Internet of Things
network we are building, will provide nationwide low-power connectivity
for the first time. Low-power consumption allows batteries and equipment
to last longer, avoiding the cost and inconvenience of replacing
devices. This massively expands the range of devices that can be
connected, increasing the benefits to consumers and businesses alike.”
Hundreds of on-going SIGFOX partner projects are able to take advantage
of the network’s integrated global distribution channel, allowing the
same device to operate in any country where SIGFOX is deployed. SIGFOX
networks are currently deployed in France, the Netherlands and Spain, as
well as in several cities in other countries, including Moscow, and
Munich. Many major international businesses are already customers.
“The UK has an active, fast-growing Internet of Things market, and our
partnership with Arqiva is a significant part of SIGFOX’s plan to
establish a global cellular network dedicated to the IoT,” said Rodolphe
Baronnet-Frugès, vice president of network and business development at
SIGFOX. “According to some forecasts, there will be 50 billion connected
devices worldwide by 2020, but for this to become a reality, both cost
and energy use will have to come down. That’s the solution SIGFOX
offers, and we’re proud that Arqiva is bringing it to the UK.”
Note to editors
1Arqiva’s dedicated IoT network will be rolled out
nationwide, starting with ten major UK cities:
Arqiva, the communications infrastructure and media services company,
operates at the heart of the broadcast, satellite and mobile
The company is at the forefront of network solutions and services in the
digital world. Arqiva provides much of the infrastructure behind
television, radio, satellite and wireless communications in the UK.
Customers include major broadcasters such as the BBC, ITV, BSkyB and the
independent radio groups, major telco providers including the UK's four
mobile network operators, and the emergency services.
SIGFOX is the first and only provider of cellular connectivity dedicated
to the Internet of Things and M2M communications. Its
ultra-narrowband-based radio technology enables long-range two-way
wireless Internet connections for a wide array of devices. Its network
eliminates the cost and energy-use barriers to wide implementation of
IoT and M2M solutions by providing low-throughput communication and
greatly extending the battery and service life of connected devices. The
SIGFOX network is deployed through the SIGFOX Network Operator
partnership program. SIGFOX is headquartered in Toulouse, France, and
has offices in Mountain View, Calif., and Madrid, Spain.
For more information, see www.sigfox.com
and follow us on Twitter @sigfox.
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