Sigfox partners with international telecom and media group Altice N.V and telecoms operator SFR to democratize IoT for wider use by consumers and businesses.The cellular connectivity provider for IoT (Sigfox) said that it will integrate its connectivity service offering in France and internationally.
A company release adds that Altice customers and divisions in France and internationally will benefit from Sigfox Connectivity, complementing the Altice Group telecom offer.
Together, the companies aim to expand the Internet of Things available to a wider group of consumers and businesses, by offering complementary connectivity solutions.
Michel Combes, COO of Altice and chairman and CEO of SFR: “We are convinced that the IoT market is an opportunity to seize now, with a global vision.
“We are talking about billions of connections. We share the same entrepreneurial vision with Sigfox and the will to conquer new markets. The availability of the Sigfox network allows us to bring new Internet of Things solutions to our B2B clients.”
[quote] Complementing its strategic partnership with Sigfox and SFR, the Altice Group is reported to be building an international group based on the convergence of mobile and fixed high-speed networks with media, content and platform services.
The Group’s target areas are Western Europe (comprising France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland), the United States, Israel, and the Overseas Territories (currently comprising the French Caribbean, the Indian Ocean regions and the Dominican Republic).
Toward 100% connectivity
The Sigfox IoT network already covers 92% of the population in France and the partnership will allow the customers of SFR, the second-largest French mobile network operator to launch the fourth generation (4G) of mobile telecom technology in France.
Customers of SFR will benefit from high bandwidth and low bandwidth connectivity, and clients will be able to use Sigfox connectivity as a complement to existing connectivity solutions, such as 4G or WiFi.
Ludovic Le Moan, CEO of Sigfox stated: “[The company] has always been convinced that the IoT requires a new type of connectivity solution, and that our offer would not compete with services offered by cellular operators.”