Sigfox signs deal to roll out network in Portugal
April 2, 2015
French company Sigfox and NarrowNet have announced plans for an IoT network rollout in Portugal.NarrowNet is a network operator launched by Kaisaras Group, and will now become the exclusive Sigfox network operator in Portugal.
The network aims to eliminate the cost and energy-use barriers to wider implementation of the IoT by providing small-message communications and extending the battery and service life of connected devices.
Under the agreement, NarrowNet is deploying the Sigfox network and developing the Portuguese IoT ecosystem for device manufacturers and service providers. It will offer IoT connectivity nationwide this year. During the rollout, NarrowNet will showcase a variety of projects that are being offered with the Sigfox network in other countries.
NarrowNet CEO Enrique Zorzano said the partnership was expected to spur Portuguese entrepreneurs, engineers and others to create new IoT applications and projects that were easily justified by this cost-effective connectivity.
“Our motivations for joining the Sigfox network include tapping into Portugal’s deep pool of talent for developing new technologies, and providing IoT services to all segments of Portuguese society, including those who cannot afford broadband services,” Zorzano said. “Moreover, we foresee an intense collaboration with major telecommunication companies to provide M2M services in those areas where they are unavailable, as well as to help them to extend the range of connectivity services they offer. Soon we will be happy to announce the integration in NarrowNet's project of well-known Portuguese infrastructure companies.”
The Sigfox network has been deployed in France, the Netherlands, the UK and Spain, as well as in major cities in other countries. Hundreds of ongoing partner projects are designed to take advantage of the company’s seamless global network that allows connectivity between every country where Sigfox operates its network.
“Portugal has an active, fast-growing internet of things market, and our partnership with NarrowNet is a significant part of Sigfox’s plan to establish a global cellular network dedicated to the IoT,” said Rodolphe Baronnet-Frugès, Sigfox’s executive vice president for international business development. “This partnership highlights once again how the Sigfox network operator programme allows local providers to quickly and economically offer internet of things connectivity and services.”