WND-UK joins as a Sigfox Operator to accelerate UK roll out to deliver IoT connectivity to up to 95 per cent of the UK, including rural areas. Arqiva continues to focus on its established network in the key urban areas. WND will densify existing UK coverage and cover the rest of the UK.
Sigfox announces WND-UK joins the Sigfox Operator community, to accelerate national coverage of Sigfox’s dedicated IoT network to up to 95 per cent of the UK.
Sigfox’s network technology enables simple, low-powered, ultra-low-cost devices to wirelessly connect to the internet. Its network, currently present in more than 30 countries, is already being used across the UK in applications including smart metering, facilities management, and healthcare.
Arqiva, the UK network infrastructure company, has been a UK Sigfox Operator (SO) since 2014, focusing on delivering IoT connectivity in the country’s most populated urban areas. As a SO, Arqiva acts as a distributor for Sigfox’s network connectivity.Today, through Arqiva, Sigfox’s network already covers 30 percent of the UK population across 11 major cities including Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, and Sheffield.
To complete network coverage in the UK, Sigfox has also been working with WND-UK – who joins as a UK SO. WND UK has already begun its deployment and is on track to reach up to 95 percent of the UK population by 2019. The company is a subsidiary of WND, a long-standing regional partner for Latin America. WND already delivers Sigfox connectivity in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and soon Argentina.
Arqiva will continue to service its existing network infrastructure and WND-UK will deploy, operate and maintain a nationwide network, as well as develop Sigfox’s services. Both networks are fully interoperable for Arqiva and WND UK’s customers and will enable new applications in areas such as smart logistics, asset tracking, and facilities management.