Sigfox IoT network comes to the UK

May 19, 2014 // By Julien Happich
Arqiva, a communications infrastructure and media services company in the UK, is to build and run a national IoT network, starting with 10 of the UK’s largest cities.

The new network, which will use Sigfox technology and connect the UK to the Sigfox global IoT network, is expected to 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 is strengthening 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 machine-to-machine deployments.”

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, including France where the startup is based, the Netherlands and Spain. The company has also some projects running in large cities including Moscow, and Munich.