Sigfox to extend IoT coverage across UK

Sigfox is to extend IoT coverage across the UK [Image: mikkelwilliam via iStock]

Sigfox, a leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT), has announced that WND-UK has joined the Sigfox Operator community in order to drive forward national coverage of the French company’s dedicated IoT network.

The aim is to cover up to 95 per cent of the UK.

According to French firm Sigfox, its network technology “enables simple, low-powered, ultra-low-cost devices to wirelessly connect to the internet”. Its network is currently present in more than 30 countries, and is already being used across the UK in applications including smart metering, facilities management, and healthcare.

The firm explained that UK network infrastructure company Arqiva has been a UK Sigfox Operator since 2014, and has focused on delivering IoT connectivity to the country’s most populated urban areas.

Sigfox said that as one of its operators, Arqiva acts as a distributor for its network connectivity. Through Arqiva, Sigfox’s network currently covers 30 per cent of the UK population, across 11 major cities – Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, and Sheffield.

Now, in order to complete IoT network coverage in the UK, Sigfox has joined forces with WND-UK. According to the companies, WND-UK has already begun its deployment and is on track to cover up to 95 per cent of the UK by 2019.

The company is a subsidiary of WND, a long-standing Sigfox regional partner for the Latin America region.

It is reflective of the world’s increasing uptake of the IoT, with Markets and Markets predicting that the industry will be worth $561 billion (£439 billion) by 2022. Sectors like healthcare and energy are driving the growth in adoption – smart meters and wearable devices used to manage health conditions are just some of the devices being linked to networks across the UK and the wider world.