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Europe drives world’s first dedicated narrowband cellular network for the Internet of Things

December 02, 2013 // Nick Flaherty

Europe drives world’s first dedicated narrowband cellular network for the Internet of Things

M2M module supplier Telit Wireless Solutions is working with French network operator SIGFOX on the first cellular network fully dedicated to machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) communications usnig narrowband links.

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The European network is based on a completely new cellular approach. SIGFOXs patented Ultra Narrow Band (UNB) technology makes it possible to operate on unlicensed frequency bands available worldwide and with fewer antennas. The long-range data transmission drastically reduces power-consumption and therefore carbon footprint and maintenance costs. Telit is working with SIGFOX to develop and quickly bring to market M2M modules certified under the SIGFOX UNB network.
With existing connectivity solutions built primarily to address needs of high bandwidth devices, a large number of business cases and potential candidate users of the IoT find major limitations in pricing, energy consumption and complexity of implementation associated with traditional cellular systems. The SIGFOX network and accompanying Telit OEM module solve this by providing an out-of-the-box subscription-based low-throughput connectivity solution at lower prices, with lower energy consumption and leveraging very simple integration. The approach enables a larger global marketplace of connected solutions. By using the eco-friendly, robust, secure, and easy to use network, customers reduce their carbon footprint while benefiting from low prices over the entire connection chain.
"SIGFOX is glad to announce the collaboration with Telit, which will speed up the IoT market growth." said Ludovic Le Moan, SIGFOX Chief Executive Officer. "This new Telit module combines existing Telit assets with SIGFOX connectivity to provide customers with a cost-effective and low energy consuming long range end-to-end connectivity solution in addition to the existing short range connectivity options, whereby customers can choose between different network connectivity solutions depending on their business or environmental constraints. This new module will benefit from our network rollout, as it will become simple and optimal to connect Telit powered objects."
"We are excited to contribute a product to this solution. With so many devices unable to connect for cost and power reasons, SIGFOX is a real breakthrough for M2M," said Felix Marchal, Chief Product Officer at Telit Wireless Solutions. "For the SIGFOX product we are leveraging our extensive experience in power-efficient modules for scalable networks and for battery-operated devices that can communicate in coverage areas of many square kilometers."
SIGFOX has started rolling out its network in France, the Netherlands and Russia and plans to extend coverage to over 60 countries globally within five years.


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