Sigfox to expand IoT networks to Mexico and Latin America

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Sigfox, one of the world’s largest providers of Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), recently announced that it is expanding to cover Mexico and expand coverage in Latin America, according to Electronics 360.

The company is partnering with WND, a partner company founded to help Sigfox’s expansion efforts, for deployment in Latin America, although it did not specify where in Latin America it will be expanding to. The company started building out a network in Brazil this past April. In Mexico, Sigfox will partner with IoTNet Mexico, which will be the exclusive Sigfox network provider there. Sigfox and IoTNet Mexico plan to cover all of Mexico City by the end of 2016, and all of Mexico shortly after, according to a company press release.

Sigfox has been aggressively expanding in the Americas. Once it covers Mexico and completes its ongoing expansion in Brazil, Sigfox will be able to provide coverage to 53% of Latin America’s territory and 56% of its population. It also announced plans earlier this year to launch networks in 100 cities in the US by the end of 2016.

Sigfox’s proprietary standard is one of the three leading standards for LPWANs designed specifically to connect IoT devices. The other two are the open LoRaWAN standard and Ingenu’s proprietary standard.

Demand for LPWANs is growing among organisations that are looking for a cheaper way to connect their low-power IoT devices like sensors and smart meters to the internet. Compared to 4G cellular networks, LPWANs offer cheaper data subscriptions and use less battery power to connect these devices. Sigfox has said that it can connect IoT devices for as little as $1 per year. SK Telecom recently launched South Korea’s first LPWAN for connecting IoT devices, and a Dutch telecom provider also announced that it will launch a nationwide LPWAN late last week.

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