By the Blouin News Technology staff

French startup aims for global IoT connectivity

by in Enterprise Tech.

Ludovic le Moan, CEO, SIGFOX & Thomas Nicholls, IoT Evangelist, SIGFOX. (Source: Official Leweb Photos/flickr)

Ludovic le Moan, CEO, SIGFOX & Thomas Nicholls, IoT Evangelist, SIGFOX. (Source: Official Leweb Photos/flickr)

Amid questions about how the billions of devices in the internet of things (IoT) will connect to each other, startups around the world are building out networks that will address that issue. The technology industry is gearing up for IoT in many ways, and figuring out how to adequately ensure connectivity from device-to-device and device-to-user is a long-haul project, in part because standards for IoT are not yet solidified. In the meantime, French startup SIGFOX is broadening its reach into the U.S. with dedicated cellular networks designed for the internet of things. The company aims to establish service in 100 cities, partner with “multiple site owners” and operate out of 230,000 sites.

A dedicated service means that SIGFOX’s technology is different from, say, a telecom company’s network, which could be advanced enough to connect devices on the internet of things as well, but a telco’s network has other responsibilities such as connecting actual cell phones and providing internet. Even though telcos are heavily targeting advancing their networks into 5G and other high-speed capabilities in order to be able to provide network coverage for the internet of things, SIGFOX’s dedicated network will have an advantage in that its sole design is to support IoT, so its capabilities could be more reliable, faster, and cost less…

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