Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Kerlink hires Arbefeuille to lead Asian push

Steve Rogerson
July 25, 2019

French IoT specialist Kerlink has hired IoT and telecoms veteran René Arbefeuille (pictured) to lead the company’s expansion in Asia Pacific. Arbefeuille will help position Kerlink to provide LoRaWan services in a market projected to have robust IoT growth.
Arbefeuille has been named vice president of the company’s Apac operations and will be based in the company’s Singapore subsidiary.
He brings more than 25 years of experience in the international telecoms industry and IoT space, including working for more than 15 years in Asia. In 2009, he co-founded My Evolution in Malaysia, the first M2M connectivity and IoT services provider in Asia. The company received Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practice Award in 2015 and 2016. Arbefeuille has also helped develop networks for telecom carriers and companies in the energy, transport, finance and infrastructure-construction industries.
A 2018 report by IDC projected that investment in technologies that enable smart city initiatives in Apac, excluding Japan, would grow from about $28bn in 2018 to more than $45bn in 2021.
“Very rapid growth of Asia Pacific urban areas is pushing municipalities to install a variety of smart city applications that improve citizen services and safety, and manage traffic and parking in these crowded cities,” Arbefeuille said. “This is a sweet spot for Kerlink, which is a recognised global leader in working with municipal officials to design, deploy and manage use cases for smart cities and towns around the world. Kerlink also will work with the utility, industry, construction and agriculture sectors to bring the benefits of LoRaWan connectivity across the Apac region.”
In addition to establishing its Singapore subsidiary in 2016, the company also launched subsidiaries in Japan, the USA and India.
Kerlink provides end-to-end networking for the IoT, serving telecoms operators, businesses and public authorities worldwide. Its growing suite of turnkey IoT services includes network planning, design and operational management that increase performance of its carrier-grade infrastructure offering.
The group also provides value-added services, such as network-based geolocation, remote end device management and low-power IoT reference designs.
In just over ten years, more than 100,000 Kerlink installations have been deployed in more than 69 countries. In 2017, Kerlink supplied more than 330 users, including major telecoms operators such as Tata Communications, and service providers such as GrDF and Suez. The company has deployments in Europe, south Asia, South America and Oceania. It has invested more than €10m in research in the past three years.
In 2017, Kerlink Group generated revenues of nearly €25m, more than half internationally. Since 2013, it has posted average annual growth of more than 62 per cent.