Grupo DATCO’s VELOCOM becomes the exclusive Sigfox Operator for Argentina. Argentina will join Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia to bring IoT connectivity to over 451 people across Latin America. Rollouts planned for Peru, Chile, and Central America in 2017.
Sigfox, its Latin American partner, WND, and exclusive local operator, VELOCOM, announced their plan to roll-out of the Sigfox network across Argentina.
WND, a company which is extending Sigfox’s network across Latin America, will work with VELOCOM, a subsidiary of leading IT and Telecom group Grupo DATCO, to manage the Argentinian rollout, sell the connectivity services and drive the overall growth of Sigfox’s IoT ecosystem in the country.
The announcement extends Sigfox’s existing presence across Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia. The addition of Argentina – Latin America’s third largest economy – will see Sigfox’s network geographically cover 71 % of Latin America and 74 % of its GDP.
Target applications will include the country’s agricultural, smart city and security sectors. With over 50 million cows – more than its human population – Argentina is a significant market for IoT enabled cattle tracking and monitoring solutions.
Sigfox, WND and VELOCOM will start deploying pilots with selected customers in early 2017, and are currently working with the country’s Ministry of Communications and regulator, ENACOM, to ensure a national public roll-out in 2017.
Rodolphe Baronnet-Frugès, executive VP networks and operators at Sigfox:
“We are delighted to have VELOCOM as our partner in delivering IoT connectivity in Argentina. Our vision is to give everyday objects a voice, so the physical world around us can contribute towards our economic and social development. Given the significant potential for innovations in areas such as agriculture, smart cities and security, Argentina is ideal for bringing this vision to life.”
Chris Bataillard, CEO of WND Group:
“Just under one year after the new political start of Argentina, the country is showing a tremendous appetite for innovation. The launch of Sigfox is a leap in the right direction and is in line with this great momentum.”
Horacio Martinez, CEO of Grupo DATCO:
“We are really excited to move forward with Sigfox in Argentina to extend our business in the IoT market. The Sigfox global scale experience, its low power and low cost technology, along with our knowledge of the local market, will allow us to lead the transition to a hyper-connected world, which will change not only the Internet and telecommunications industry, but a large number of vertical industries and markets in the country. By combining broadband and ultra-narrowband in its portfolio, VELOCOM will be able to service from tiny trackers to huge oil fields”.
Argentina is Sigfox 29th country. The company plans to be in 60 by 2018, with roll-outs in Peru, Chile and Central America, on the 2017 roadmap.