Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Sigfox launches IoT network in Russia

Steve Rogerson
March 25, 2020

Sigfox has launched an IoT network in Russia in partnership with Energo Capital, a digital venture capital company operating across Russia and the Baltics.
The newly formed Sigfox Russia will use long coverage base stations to create a nationwide 0G network, covering more than 85% of the population, large industrial sites, transport hubs and corridors. This communication network will allow millions of sensors, metering and other devices to connect through low-power, simple and inexpensive radio modules.
Today, Sigfox operates in more than 70 countries on five continents with more than 1.1 billion people transmitting 26 million messages daily from 15.4 million IoT devices.
“Russia is a key country not only because of market size, which is predicted to grow to $7.6bn in 2022,” said Bertrand Ramé, senior vice president at Sigfox. “For the global economy, Russia is also very important for the digitalisation of thousands of kilometres of railway corridors within the Belt and Road Initiative, all the way through the Baltics and Poland to Western Europe. Sigfox, as the proven leader in transportation and logistics IoT services, is very well positioned to help fulfil this challenge. For the countries of the region, Russia is the technological leader in the IoT field and will drive regional digitalisation. Within the global digital ecosystem, Russia is acknowledged for creating and delivering innovative IoT technologies and products.”
The availability of the global 0G communication standard in Russia will contribute to the implementation of the Digital Economy of the Russian Federation programme, should stimulate the development of the Russian digital ecosystem and reduce the costs of implementing IoT by adapting global best practices.
Sigfox’s open communication standard will provide localisation and make available international IoT products and services, while strengthening the export potential of Russian companies developing and manufacturing IoT technologies and products.
Midterm plans include providing coverage in areas where it is impossible to create terrestrial 0G communication networks such as Taiga, the Northern Sea Route, by using the future Elo nanosatellite constellation, deployed and operated by Sigfox in partnership with Eutelsat.
“We saw a significant demand for Sigfox in transport and logistics, infrastructure and utilities and commercial real estate sectors,” said Eric Brisset, CEO of Sigfox Russia. “We have designed our network deployment plans based on the market potential. It is possible that we may accelerate our plans. This is due to an increase in the number of requests from companies from other market segments, as well as significant interest from potential partners who would like to be part of Sigfox’ global business.”
The Sigfox 0G network has been designed to connect the physical world with the digital universe and power industry transformation. It is a simple, open and energy-efficient communication technology for the IoT. The use of an unlicensed radio range, an ultra-narrowband communication standard, simple and energy-efficient devices with a lifespan of more than 12 years and a cost of not more than $1.5, a roaming-free global space, allow digitalisation of objects of the physical world that were previously impossible or unprofitable to connect to communication networks.
Sigfox offers services for various segments of the economy including transport, logistics and supply chain, commercial real estate management, manufacturing, retail, agriculture, ground handling of airports, company insurance, energy and utilities, and social and municipal sectors.
Sigfox offers Russian device and platform manufacturers an opportunity to join its global ecosystem of suppliers by participating in Starter and Build programmes. Using these programmes, developers gain an idea of each stage of product creation and can access technical documents, online instructions and assistance on certification.
The Sigfox network is available in more than 70 countries, with one billion people covered. Founded in 2010 by Ludovic Le Moan and Christophe Fourtet, the company is headquartered in France and has offices in Madrid, Munich, Boston, Dallas, San Jose, Dubai, Singapore, Sao Paulo and Tokyo.