@Sigfox Spain and Cellnex Telecom Advance IoT Network

Source: IoTEvolution

By Chrissie Cluney

Cellnex Telecom and Sigfox Spain will multiply the current capacity of their 0G network dedicated to Internet network of Things (IoT). This partnership allows the companies to give it more features, among which are the ability to transmit images, send audio messages and optimize the reception of broadcast messages in motion. They will also extend the coverage to Portugal, becoming the official network operator on the same model as in Spain.

The two companies have also renewed and extended their IoT connectivity services contract with Securitas Direct, which is one of the main users of Sigfox-Cellnex Telecom’s 0G network. Securitas Direct expects to leverage this agreement to offer its 1.2 million clients the best and most innovative security services. The company will be able to keep its ATN network (Alarm Transmission Network) exclusively. This will increase its reach, coverage and capacities to continue developing innovative solutions.

“The expansion of the capacity of the IoT network with Sigfox and the agreement signed with Securitas Direct are undoubtedly a turning point in the IoT connectivity services that we have been providing since 2015, when we deployed the first Internet-oriented network of Things in Spain with national coverage of 95% of the population,” said Albert Cuatrecasas, CEO, Cellnex Telecom España.

Because of the agreement and the increased capacity, robustness and resilience of the network, Securitas Direct also plans to expand and diversify the type of devices and services that will be connected to the 0G network in the coming years. The contract between the companies has been signed for a global period of fifteen years, with an initial period of six years and an extension of nine additional years.

“There are currently more than 2 million devices…Already connected and using daily the IoT network with Sigfox in Spain, providing security services, remote monitoring of electricity consumption, water telemetry, waste management, tracking of materials, smart parking, energy efficiency and risk prevention in homes, among others. Now as we extend this coverage to Portugal, we will have networks with more and better features in both countries, and we will increase the amount of connected objects,” said Cuatrecasas.

“This renewal of trust from Securitas is further proof, if necessary, that our 0G network is a reliable alternative service of communication for security devices, but also that massive IoT adoption is upon us. One of our goals at Sigfox is to promote the 0G network as a safety public network that could act, in this specific case, as a back-up channel in case the main communication links fail, or in cases where a network goes down after an incident or malicious act,” said Rebecca Crowe, general manager, Sigfox Spain.