SIGFOX Deploys its Network in Russia and the Netherlands

           SIGFOX Deploys its Network in Russia and the Netherlands

  PR Newswire

  TOULOUSE, France, June 13, 2013

TOULOUSE, France, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

  SIGFOX, the Internet of Things operator, brought its ecosystem together on
 June 5 in Paris to celebrate its first anniversary, and announced the first
            steps in the international deployment of its network.

To celebrate the first year of its cellular low-bandwidth network dedicated to
Machine to Machine (M2M) communications and the Internet of Things (IoT),
SIGFOX welcomed some 150 recognized stakeholders in the community from 10
countries, on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. During this event, the operator
announced the expansion of its network to Russia and the Netherlands.

SIGFOX's international deployment starts with Russia and the Netherlands

At this event, SIGFOX publicized the signature of two SNO (Sigfox Network
Operator) contracts, consequently expanding its network beyond France,
specifically to Russia and the Netherlands.

AEREA, the company responsible for deploying the network in the Netherlands,
stated that the country will enjoy total coverage by late 2013. Deployment in
Russia begins this year with coverage of Moscow and Saint Petersburg,
representing 70% of the country's population.

These first agreements augur well for SIGFOX CEO Ludovic Le Moan's
international goals.

He targets the coverage of 60 countries within 5 years through partnerships.

A year ago, gathering silicon vendors, infrastructure operators and
industrialists in the same place to share and discuss their vision of the
future man/object relationship would have been impossible. But today, the
prominent place that the Internet of Things occupies unites all of the players
in the value chain on the cusp of tomorrow's Internet.

The Internet of Things provides the opportunity to connect our world's stimuli
to the millions of processors which form the Internet, thus providing
direction, anticipating the future and improving everyone's lives.

According to Machina Research, which assessed the IoT's state-of-the-art for
this event, "90% of the objects that will link-up via the Web have frugal
connectivity needs."

The SIGFOX birthday event focused on four round tables with representatives
for the occasion coming from the United States, China, Germany, Russia, Great
Britain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Israel, Ireland and Spain.

The first roundtable concerned silicon vendors, with a panel of executives
from Silicon Labs, Intel, Semtech, ATMEL, Energy Micro and CEA-LETI. These
major players, who provide electronic components which transmit the data
digitized by the sensors via radio waves, concurred on the issues of cost and
consumption required to give the Internet of Things its full potential.

At the round table of infrastructure operators, TDF conveyed its enthusiasm
for the collaboration with SIGFOX to deploy its network in France. A speaker
representing Deutsche Telekom stressed that the Internet of Things can develop
on a large scale through a network complementary to GSM and similar to that
implemented by SIGFOX. Furthermore, EADS Astrium highlighted the immense
potential of UNB (Ultra Narrow Band), the SIGFOX solution's underlying
technology, linked to a constellation of satellites.

Together, SIGFOX and Astrium plan to launch a disruptive offer to cover the
oceans, deserts and countries not equipped with ground antennas.

Two other round tables presented consumer and industrial uses of the Internet
of Things and the SIGFOX network in the presence of representatives from
Schneider, Hager, Xerox, SEB, Traqueur, Polier Water, Covéa, World Sensing Net
China, Digital Enterprise Greenwich and Living PlanIT. They agreed that in the
future each of their industries could benefit from the SIGFOX network to
propose competitive offers and new uses, limited only by human imagination.

The day's discussions helped to depict a full panorama of the IoT's industrial
potential in the health, automotive, environment, industry and energy sectors.
In addition, participants stressed that IoT can unify other revolutions and
trends promoted by Big Data (providing a common core for heterogeneous data),
MEMS and other sensors which will exchange data via the Internet in the
future.

For Stéphane Nègre, CEO of Intel France, "the network's cost is not a value in
itself, since all that matters is what it can connect. Taking into account the
outstanding economic performance of the SIGFOX network, which combines
extremely low cost and the ability to connect billions of objects, essentially
this means that SIGFOX will release significant value inherent in
applications".

About SIGFOX

SIGFOX is the first and only cellular network operator dedicated to low
bandwidth communications for

connected objects. Thanks to its patented UNB technology, SIGFOX is
revolutionizing the world of M2M and IoT, thus enabling the large-scale
connection of objects. The network already connects tens of thousands of
objects in France and certain large international cities to the Internet and
its customers' information systems. SIGFOX brings to the Internet of Things
what Apple brought to mobile applications: on the one hand, the facility to
create and connect objects to the Internet and on the other the creation of
mobile applications and their diffusion. Alternatively, SIGFOX contributes to
wireless communication networks what Twitter contributes to Web
communications, i.e., the ability to communicate the essentials at low cost.

For more information see the web site: http://www.sigfox.com

Contact: Hima360 – Anne Kassubeck +33(0)6-23-15-31-45 - akassubeck@hima360.com
 
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