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News Article | May 24, 2017
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LABÈGE, France--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sigfox, the world’s leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that Khazanah Nasional Berhad (Khazanah), the strategic investment fund of the Government of Malaysia, has acquired a minority stake in the company. Khazanah joins Alto Invest, Salesforce Ventures, Henri Seydoux, Swen CP, Tamer Group and Total as new investor in Sigfox. Over the past few years, Sigfox has deployed its presence in South-East Asia by opening up its regional headquarters in Singapore and securing contracts with local channel partners in Taiwan, Hong-Kong, Singapore and Japan, where the network is already present. “We are proud to welcome Khazanah as an investor. The investment will help Sigfox to further enhance deployment in Asia, while creating new opportunities for the company,” said Ludovic Le Moan CEO of Sigfox. Lazard acted as sole financial advisor to Sigfox, with Skadden acting as legal advisor. Sigfox is the world’s leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT). The company has built a global network to connect billions of devices to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible, as simply as possible. Sigfox’s unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability. Today, the network is present in 32 countries and on track to cover 60 by 2018 – covering a population of 562 million people. With millions of objects connected and a rapidly growing partner ecosystem, Sigfox empowers companies to create new innovations on the IoT. Founded in 2010 by Ludovic Le Moan and Christophe Fourtet, the company is headquartered in Labège near Toulouse, France’s “IoT Valley”. Sigfox also has offices in Boston, Dubai, Madrid, Munich, Paris, San Francisco, Singapore and Tokyo. For more information, see www.sigfox.com and follow us on Twitter @sigfox.


SAN JOSE, Calif. & PRAGUE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today at Sigfox World IoT Expo 2017 in Prague, GCT Semiconductor, a leading designer and supplier of advanced 4G mobile semiconductor solutions, and Sigfox, the world’s leading provider of dedicated connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT) announced their partnership. GCT’s highly integrated single chip GDM7243I will support LTE Category M1/NB1/EC-GSM and Sigfox wireless IoT connectivity – making it a “hybrid” solution offering superior connectivity options for IoT applications with zero bill of materials (BOM) cost increase. Several OEM customers are designing solutions using GCT’s GDM7243I SoC to develop various IoT devices for applications such as tracking, wearables, security, agriculture, healthcare, industrial, and consumer applications. The hybrid (Cellular + Sigfox) mode operation enables several innovative use cases that will transform both the traditional cellular as well as the fledgling IoT markets. GDM7243I enables ultra-long battery life tracking devices to connect using the Sigfox wireless IoT network for several years without the need for frequent battery re-charging. “We’re pleased to be working closely with Sigfox to bring this unique capability to market and support ultra-long battery life and global coverage for our IoT customers,” says John Schlaefer, CEO of GCT Semiconductor, Inc. “Adding the hybrid mode Cellular connectivity + Sigfox to GCT’s GDM7243I further enhances our leadership position by enabling IoT devices to connect to the global Sigfox network during typical operation and switch to LTE Cat M1, NB1, or EC-GSM networks “on-demand.”” “Telefonica announced its support for Sigfox wireless IoT connectivity as complementary to our cellular networks, at MWC in February 2017”, says Andres Escribano, New IoT Connectivity Director of Telefonica, “GDM7243I with hybrid mode Sigfox and Cellular connectivity is an innovative solution that aligns with our partnership with Sigfox and will enable innovative devices and novel usage models to accelerate the growth of the IoT market”. “GCT provides a single chip innovative solution that further proves that Sigfox and Cellular (LTE Cat M1/NB1/EC-GSM) are complementary technologies by leveraging the best of both worlds – ultra-long battery life using Sigfox and high throughput cellular connectivity. We look forward to a successful launch of the GDM7243I by Sigfox operators and mobile network operators worldwide,” says Ludovic Le Moan, CEO of Sigfox. GDM7243I based tracking devices operate on the Sigfox network for location tracking but switch to the cellular network for live asset recovery in case of a geo fence breach. Hybrid devices can connect to the Sigfox wireless IoT network and operate in low-power mode to send and receive notifications-only. The Sigfox network can also provide backup connectivity to hybrid devices in case of cellular network coverage limitations, congestion, breakdown, or jamming of security/alarm systems. Hybrid devices enhance device security by providing the ability to globally locate and deactivate stolen phones, and provide emergency alert and beacon capabilities. GDM7243I is the latest SoC addition to GCT’s 4G LTE product portfolio and is part of GCT’s commitment to support customers focused on IoT applications. The addition of Sigfox wireless IoT connectivity brings additional value to GCT customers. For more information about GDM7243I, please visit www.gctsemi.com. For GDM7243I samples contact Alex Sum at AlexSum@gctsemi.com or +1-408-434-8022. GCT Semiconductor is a leading fabless designer and supplier of advanced 4G LTE and WiMAX semiconductor solutions. GCT’s market-proven LTE solutions, commercially available since 2010, have enabled fast and reliable LTE connectivity to numerous commercial devices such as smartphones, tablets, hotspots, USB dongles, routers, M2M applications, etc., for the world’s top LTE carriers. GCT’s system-on-chip solutions integrate radio frequency, baseband modem and digital signal processing functions, therefore offering complete 4G platform solutions with small form factors, low power consumption, high performance, high reliability and cost effectiveness. For more information, visit www.gctsemi.com Sigfox is the world’s leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT). The company has built a global network to connect billions of devices to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible, as simply as possible. Sigfox’s unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability. Today, the network is present in 36 countries and on track to cover 60 by 2018 – covering a population of 660 million people. With millions of objects connected and a rapidly growing partner ecosystem, Sigfox empowers companies to move their business model towards more digital services. For more information, see www.sigfox.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube


SAN JOSE, Calif. & PRAGUE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today at Sigfox World IoT Expo 2017 in Prague, GCT Semiconductor, a leading designer and supplier of advanced 4G mobile semiconductor solutions, and Sigfox, the world’s leading provider of dedicated connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT) announced their partnership. GCT’s highly integrated single chip GDM7243I will support LTE Category M1/NB1/EC-GSM and Sigfox wireless IoT connectivity – making it a “hybrid” solution offering superior connectivity options for IoT applications with zero bill of materials (BOM) cost increase. Several OEM customers are designing solutions using GCT’s GDM7243I SoC to develop various IoT devices for applications such as tracking, wearables, security, agriculture, healthcare, industrial, and consumer applications. The hybrid (Cellular + Sigfox) mode operation enables several innovative use cases that will transform both the traditional cellular as well as the fledgling IoT markets. GDM7243I enables ultra-long battery life tracking devices to connect using the Sigfox wireless IoT network for several years without the need for frequent battery re-charging. “ We’re pleased to be working closely with Sigfox to bring this unique capability to market and support ultra-long battery life and global coverage for our IoT customers,” says John Schlaefer, CEO of GCT Semiconductor, Inc. “ Adding the hybrid mode Cellular connectivity + Sigfox to GCT’s GDM7243I further enhances our leadership position by enabling IoT devices to connect to the global Sigfox network during typical operation and switch to LTE Cat M1, NB1, or EC-GSM networks “on-demand.”” “ Telefonica announced its support for Sigfox wireless IoT connectivity as complementary to our cellular networks, at MWC in February 2017”, says Andres Escribano, New IoT Connectivity Director of Telefonica, “ GDM7243I with hybrid mode Sigfox and Cellular connectivity is an innovative solution that aligns with our partnership with Sigfox and will enable innovative devices and novel usage models to accelerate the growth of the IoT market”. “ GCT provides a single chip innovative solution that further proves that Sigfox and Cellular (LTE Cat M1/NB1/EC-GSM) are complementary technologies by leveraging the best of both worlds – ultra-long battery life using Sigfox and high throughput cellular connectivity. We look forward to a successful launch of the GDM7243I by Sigfox operators and mobile network operators worldwide,” says Ludovic Le Moan, CEO of Sigfox. GDM7243I based tracking devices operate on the Sigfox network for location tracking but switch to the cellular network for live asset recovery in case of a geo fence breach. Hybrid devices can connect to the Sigfox wireless IoT network and operate in low-power mode to send and receive notifications-only. The Sigfox network can also provide backup connectivity to hybrid devices in case of cellular network coverage limitations, congestion, breakdown, or jamming of security/alarm systems. Hybrid devices enhance device security by providing the ability to globally locate and deactivate stolen phones, and provide emergency alert and beacon capabilities. GDM7243I is the latest SoC addition to GCT’s 4G LTE product portfolio and is part of GCT’s commitment to support customers focused on IoT applications. The addition of Sigfox wireless IoT connectivity brings additional value to GCT customers. For more information about GDM7243I, please visit www.gctsemi.com. For GDM7243I samples contact Alex Sum at AlexSum@gctsemi.com or +1-408-434-8022. GCT Semiconductor is a leading fabless designer and supplier of advanced 4G LTE and WiMAX semiconductor solutions. GCT’s market-proven LTE solutions, commercially available since 2010, have enabled fast and reliable LTE connectivity to numerous commercial devices such as smartphones, tablets, hotspots, USB dongles, routers, M2M applications, etc., for the world’s top LTE carriers. GCT’s system-on-chip solutions integrate radio frequency, baseband modem and digital signal processing functions, therefore offering complete 4G platform solutions with small form factors, low power consumption, high performance, high reliability and cost effectiveness. For more information, visit www.gctsemi.com Sigfox is the world’s leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT). The company has built a global network to connect billions of devices to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible, as simply as possible. Sigfox’s unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability. Today, the network is present in 36 countries and on track to cover 60 by 2018 – covering a population of 660 million people. With millions of objects connected and a rapidly growing partner ecosystem, Sigfox empowers companies to move their business model towards more digital services. For more information, see www.sigfox.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube


News Article | December 15, 2016
Site: www.marketwired.com

Partners expect fast adoption of Sigfox's low power and low cost connectivity solution in Special Administrative Region of China LABEGE, FRANCE and HONG KONG, CHINA--(Marketwired - Dec 15, 2016) - Sigfox, the world's leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT), and Thinxtra, the Sigfox Operator in Australia and New Zealand, today announced an agreement to roll-out Sigfox' IoT network in Hong Kong SAR (Special Administrative Region) in 2017. The Hong Kong SAR Government has addressed the importance of IoT in its agenda. The 2014 Digital 21 (the blueprint for Information Technology and Communications (ICT) development) has recognized IoT as one of the latest technologies Hong Kong should adopt and champion, and the 2015 Policy Address introduced a new initiative "Energizing Kowloon East" aiming to carry out a pilot study in that district to examine the feasibility of developing a Smart City. The IoT space opens up new and exciting opportunities by connecting the physical world to the Internet . In just five years, the company has built a global wireless network that provides a simple, efficient connectivity solution, enabling devices to connect to the cloud at ultra low-cost and using minimal energy. Sigfox's network is now present in 28 countries and on track to be in 60 by 2018, which will represent over 80% of the world's growth domestic product. "Hong Kong as an innovation hub and technology center, and as the gateway to China, will benefit greatly from the most advanced and mature global IoT network, and developing the local ecosystem will benefit all the other countries in the region. We look forward to extend our partnership with Thinxtra, our operator in Australia and New Zealand", says Rodolphe Baronnet-Frugès, Sigfox executive vice president networks and operators. "We are delighted to expand our network to Hong Kong market together with Thinxtra, and we are confident that together, we will strengthen Hong Kong government's IoT," said Roswell Wolff, Sigfox's president, Asia Pacific. Thinxtra was the first Sigfox operator to extend the network in Asia Pacific and has achieved rapid coverage, having rolled out the network across 65% of the Australian and 80% of the New Zealand population in just 8 months. Earlier this year, Thinxtra has announced an engagement with Silicon Controls for 1M connections, as well as a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the State Government of South Australia and Sigfox, for full state roll out of the Sigfox network across South Australia. Murray Hankinson, Thinxtra Managing Director Asia said, "Thinxtra is the pure play LPWAN IoT service provider in Australia and New Zealand and will soon be in Hong Kong, supporting the city's vision for IoT and Smart City. We have proven that we have a winning team that lives and breathes IoT, a world leading secure purpose built technology in Sigfox and that we achieve great things quickly and efficiently working with local partners and businesses. We are planning to replicate this winning formula in Hong Kong. This experience and forward thinking will serve us well in bringing the most mature IoT network to Hong Kong -- territory-wide. We are excited by the opportunity to harness local talent and the technological community to expand the Sigfox ecosystem in support of Hong Kong's local & global applications. We are already open for business, having recently set up our Solutions business in the HKSTP to foster and promote the IoT device design, solution, and manufacturing industries." About Sigfox Sigfox is the world's leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT). The company has built a global network to connect billions of devices to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible, as simply as possible. Sigfox's unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability. Today, the network is present in 28 countries and on track to cover 60 by 2018 -- covering a population of 451 million people. With millions of objects connected and a rapidly growing partner ecosystem, Sigfox empowers companies to move their business model towards more digital services. Founded in 2010 by Ludovic Le Moan and Christophe Fourtet, the company is headquartered in Labège near Toulouse, France's "IoT Valley". Sigfox also has offices in Paris, Madrid, Munich, Boston, San Francisco, Dubai and Singapore. For more information, see www.sigfox.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube. About Thinxtra Thinxtra is the exclusive Sigfox operator for Australia & New Zealand. Thinxtra is an Internet of Things (IoT) company founded by IoT experts who share the same passion and expertise: connecting things to improve business processes and people's lives. Thinxtra is backed by NZX-listed high-tech company Rakon Limited, which has a history of innovation in communications technology going back some 50 years. By opening an office in Hong Kong, Thinxtra aims at empowering AsiaPac's Internet of Things with Sigfox world-leading LPWAN connectivity as well as building a full eco-system of IoT solutions & services to enable the non-connected to connect, increase productivity, accelerate decision making, improve quality of service or simply solve problems in an economic & connected manner. Visit www.thinxtra.com and follow us on Twitter @Thinxtra.


The Sigfox network reaches 95 percent outdoor coverage island-wide, the first nationwide IoT network in Southeast Asia SINGAPORE, 27-Feb-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — At UnaBiz’s inaugural UnaDay, ENGIE, Sigfox and UnaBiz today jointly announced that they have reached an important milestone in the deployment of the first Internet of Things (IoT) network in Singapore, achieving 95 percent outdoor coverage across the island. This network, which is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, will help improve energy efficiency, facility management and customer-centred solutions for businesses in the region with the capacity to support over 100 million connected devices while maintaining high network reliability and security. The deployment of the IoT dedicated network, which runs on Sigfox’s low-power wide-area network (LPWAN), complements existing connectivity options by providing low-power, efficient and low-cost connectivity as a standard service. With a fully operational network for connected objects nationwide, UnaBiz is capping its network subscription fees at S$1 per month for businesses to access a data plan for devices to communicate up to 140 messages per day. Henri Bong, CEO, UnaBiz said: “This is just the beginning- we have built an impressive ecosystem in a mere six months, a clear sign of an enormous appetite and an accelerating demand for IoT solutions in the local market. We are proud to kick off the IoT Revolution in Singapore with the goal of becoming the first Smart Nation in the world. We are confident that our strategy and solutions will soon be replicated across Asia and beyond.” In 2015, ENGIE acquired a minority stake in Sigfox and established ENGIE M2M to act as the exclusive national network operator of Sigfox’s connectivity solution in Belgium. In other countries, ENGIE is also a user of Sigfox solution, for various projects that are currently being developed such as remote monitoring of boilers, metering in heat distribution and smart lighting. Csilla Kohalmi-Monfils, Executive Vice President Strategy & New Business, ENGIE Asia Pacific said: “As the world gets increasingly digitalized and the rate of disruption accelerates, producers, consumers and marketplaces can exchange energy in the same way that we exchange information on the Internet . As part of the digital transformation strategy of ENGIE worldwide and in line with Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative, our participation, together with our partners Sigfox and UnaBiz, will provide a highly reliable, power efficient and cost-effective connectivity solution for businesses to thrive in this digital economy.” UnaBiz was awarded the Facilities-Based Operator (FBO) license to roll-out Sigfox’s IoT network by the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) in November 2016, and started installation of base stations soon after. The network now has 95 percent outdoor coverage, with full deployment to be finished in the third quarter of the year. Unlike traditional wireless networks, the Sigfox network requires lighter infrastructure, thus making it simpler and faster to install. Christophe Fourtet, Co-Founder and Scientific Director, Sigfox said: “Our strategic partnership with ENGIE and UnaBiz allows us to bring our global network spanning 1.9 million square kilometres with a population of 486 million people in 31 countries to Asia. We are thrilled to connect Singapore to our secure global IoT network and deliver new opportunities for businesses to build applications, systems and smart city solutions that will drive Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative to the next level.” UnaDay was attended by industry partners, government agencies and media, which also saw 36 ecosystem partners across various sectors participating in a signing of memorandum of understanding (MOU). Representatives from local tertiary institutions such as NUS Enterprise, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic were also present. About ENGIE ENGIE develops its businesses (power, natural gas, energy services) around a model based on responsible growth to take on the major challenges of energy’s transition to a low-carbon economy: access to sustainable energy, climate-change mitigation and adaptation, and the rational use of resources. The Group provides individuals, cities and businesses with highly efficient and innovative solutions largely based on its expertise in four key sectors: renewable energy, energy efficiency, liquefied natural gas and digital technology. ENGIE employs 154,950 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €69.9 billion in 2015. The Group is listed on the Paris and Brussels stock exchanges (ENGI) and is represented in the main international indices: CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe, DJSI World, DJSI Europe and Euronext Vigeo (World 120, Eurozone 120, Europe 120 and France 20). About Sigfox Sigfox is the world’s leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT). The company has built a global network to connect billions of devices to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible, as simply as possible. Sigfox’s unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability. Today, the network is present in 31 countries and on track to cover 60 by 2018 – covering a population of 486 million people. With millions of objects connected and a rapidly growing partner ecosystem, Sigfox empowers companies to move their business model towards more digital services. Founded in 2010 by Ludovic Le Moan and Christophe Fourtet, the company is headquartered in Labège near Toulouse, France’s “IoT Valley”. Sigfox opened its Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore in 2016 as part of its plan to rapidly expand its network in the region. About UnaBiz UnaBiz is an end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT) solutions company dedicated to accelerate the adoption of IoT worldwide. As the exclusive network operator of Sigfox’s low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) in Singapore and Taiwan, UnaBiz is the first Iot dedicated network operator in Asia to roll out a nationwide IoT network. UnaBiz aims to shape the future by providing cost-effective and energy-efficient IoT solutions, that include wireless infrastructure, devices and more. This ubiquitous network will allow businesses to connect millions of devices simply, affordably and globally. UnaBiz helps businesses collect and analyse data from millions of devices allowing businesses to maximise the efficiency of their resources and increase productivity, by facilitating detection and control of anomalies, accelerating resolution or even preventing them entirely. Our objective is to help businesses realise the true value and full potential of IoT.


LABEGE, France, Nov. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sigfox, the world's leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced it is closing its Series E funding round of €150 million to accelerate the expansion of its global network and soon reach worldwide coverage. Salesforce, Total, Henri Seydoux, Alto Invest, Swen CP and Tamer Group will join Sigfox as new investors. Existing shareholders including Bpifrance, Elliott, Intel Capital, Air Liquide, Idinvest Partners and IXO, will also re-invest in the company. Additional new investors are also expected to join this financing round shortly to reach the €150 million level. The IoT space opens up new and exciting opportunities by connecting the physical world to the Internet . With its global network, Sigfox gives a voice to billions of objects, allowing them to play a pivotal role in our social and economic development. In just five years, Sigfox has built a unique global wireless network that provides a simple, efficient connectivity solution, enabling devices to connect to the cloud at ultra low-cost and using minimal energy. No other network than Sigfox's has a worldwide footprint and can claim to connect fully autonomous energy harvesting objects. Thanks to Sigfox, every object will connect to the cloud at minimal cost, by relying only on the surrounding energy sources. This promise, along with the significant developments made by the company over the past 18 months, have contributed to the successful closing of this round of funding. With more than 10 million objects registered on its network and coverage currently spanning 26 countries, Sigfox is reinforcing its position as a global leader in the IoT space. This new round of funding will enable the company to expand its international network to 60 countries by 2018 and reach financial breakeven point. The company sees Industry 4.0 as one of the main growth paths driving the development of the IoT. The need for predictive maintenance as well as the continued evolution of its business model towards more services could be some of the reasons behind Total's decision to join other shareholders supporting Sigfox's international development. "We are happy to accompany the development of Sigfox because the technology it offers can be decisive to accelerate the deployment of the Internet of things. It is their advance acquired on the market in a short time and their capacity to accelerate the deployment of large-scale IoT solutions that motivated our investment", commented Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Total. "This type of solution will improve the performance and operational safety of industrial activities, reduce operating costs, but also be used to serve customers " Another key opportunity is the optimisation of industrial processes leveraging big data. For this reason, Sigfox plans to integrate with Salesforce's IoT Cloud, unlocking insights from the connected world that empower any business to take the right action, for the right customer, at the right time across global consumer and business use cases. By connecting billions of objects and events, Sigfox and Salesforce IoT Cloud can facilitate deep and meaningful customer experiences via its global, homogenous and scalable network. Intel Capital, Idinvest Partners and IXO PE, which are historical shareholders of Sigfox, actively participated in this round. "We strongly believe that Sigfox has unlocked the IoT connectivity bottleneck and will bring billions of objects online in the near future. Its cost effective, easy to use, open platform solution is set to become the standard for low power object connectivity, bringing massive productivity gains to the corporate world and everyday benefits to end customers", said Franck Tuil, Elliott's Senior Portfolio Manager. "I created Parrot 22 years ago, and I know how much it takes to carry out ambitious projects on a large scale. I am impressed by the huge progress made by Sigfox over the last three years I have spent as a member of Sigfox's board of directors. I am now convinced of the colossal growth potential of the market Sigfox successfully addresses. Alongside the financial investment I am making today in the company, I am willing to provide Sigfox's management with my support as an entrepreneur", said Henri Seydoux, CEO of Parrot. "The Internet of Things is one of the next big transformational technologies, and we are proud to support Sigfox as the infrastructure leader. We are pleased to see a strong startup ecosystem being built around this world-class technology.", said Paul François Fournier, Executive Director of Bpifrance. Commenting on the announcement, Xavier Drilhon, deputy CEO of Sigfox said, "I joined Sigfox 18 months ago because of the incredibly powerful vision of its founders and the unique positioning of the company as a fundamental enabler of the IoT revolution. Our rapid international expansion made possible thanks to the support of our local operators, as well as the growth of our ecosystem, were key to securing this new fundraising. This will allow the company to accelerate the deployment of its network from 26 countries today to over 60 within the next two years, representing 90 per cent of the worldwide GDP." "When we met in 2010, we agreed that Sigfox could change the world by bringing the virtual and physical worlds together through a new paradigm based on the fundamental principles of astrophysics. Today, we have created the equivalent of the world's largest radio telescope for IoT. Our network is able to connect hundreds of billions of objects to the Internet through advanced radio techniques." said Ludovic Le Moan and Christophe Fourtet, co-founders of Sigfox. The round comprises a "greenshoe" that will allow new strategic and financial partners to join the share capital of Sigfox shortly. Lazard and Goldman Sachs acted as financial advisors to Sigfox, with Skadden acting as legal advisor and Callisto acting as financial advisors to the management. Sigfox pictures are available here Sigfox is the world's leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT). The company has built a global network to connect billions of devices to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible, as simply as possible. Sigfox's unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability. Today, the network is present in 26 countries and on track to cover 60 by 2018 - covering a population of 397 million people. With millions of objects connected and a rapidly growing partner ecosystem, Sigfox empowers companies to create new innovations on the IoT. Founded in 2010 by Ludovic Le Moan and Christophe Fourtet, the company is headquartered in Labège near Toulouse, France's "IoT Valley". Sigfox also has offices in Paris, Madrid, Munich, Boston, San Francisco, Dubai and Singapore. For more information, see http://www.sigfox.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube Total Energy Ventures is Total's venture capital arm for investing in energy start-ups. Its investments support the development of innovative businesses in areas such as renewable energies, energy efficiency, energy storage, digital energy and sustainable transportation Created in 2013, Air Liquide Venture Capital, ALIAD, is the Air Liquide Group's venture capital investor. ALIAD's role is to take minority stakes in innovative technology start-ups. Thanks to its customer knowledge and its industrial and technological expertise, ALIAD supports the growth of innovative startups for the future of technologies. Its involvement is illustrated by R&D and business privileged agreements between the startups and the Group's other entities. For more information, see http://www.airliquide.com/connected-innovation/aliad-venture-capital Alto Invest is a capital management company investing primarily in small and mid-sized fast-growing companies. Alto Invest's team is highly experienced in managing private equity portfolios on behalf of institutional and private clients, and it made more than 90 private equity investments in Europe. Alto Invest is fully approved by the French financial authorities (Autorité des Marchés Financiers) and is an active member of the French Asset Management Association (Association Française de la Gestion Financière). For more information, see http://www.altoinvest.fr Equity investment are operated by Bpifrance Investissement. Bpifrance, a subsidiary of the French state and the Caisse des Dépôts and the entrepreneurs' trusted partner, finances businesses from the seed phase to IPO, through loans, guarantees and equity investments. Bpifrance also provides operational services and strong support for innovation, export, and external growth in partnership with Business France and Coface. Bpifrance offers to businesses a large range of financing opportunities at each key step of their development, including offers adapted to regional specificities. With its 47 regional offices (90% of decisions are made locally) Bpifrance represents a strategic tool for economic competitiveness dedicated to entrepreneurs. Bpifrance acts as a back-up for initiatives driven by the French State and the Regions to tackle 3 goals: With Bpifrance, businesses benefit from a powerful, efficient and close representative, to answer all their needs in terms of financing, innovation and investment. For more information, see http://www.bpifrance.fr and follow us on Twitter @bpifrance. Elliott Management Corporation is an investment firm founded in 1977 that today manages approximately $29 billion of capital for both institutional and individual investors.  Elliott is a multi-strategy firm with offices in New York, London, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Menlo Park active in debt, equities, commodities, currencies and various other asset classes across a range of industries. The firm's principal objective is to generate a return which is as high as is consistent with a goal of minimizing losses during adverse financial market periods. For more information, see http://www.elliottmgmt.com. With more than €7 billion under management and 80 people, Idinvest Partners is a leading pan-European manager focused on the middle market segment. Idinvest Partners has developed several complementary areas of expertise including investments in innovative European start-ups, primary, secondary and mezzanine investments in European non-listed companies, and private equity consulting. Founded under the name AGF Private Equity in 1997, Idinvest Partners was formerly part of the Allianz group until 2010 when it became independent. For more information, see http://www.idinvest.com. Intel Capital, Intel's strategic investment and M&A organization, backs innovative startups targeting computing and smart devices, cloud, datacenter, security, the Internet of Things , wearable and robotic technologies and semiconductor manufacturing. Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested US$11.8 billion in 1,470 companies worldwide, and 617 portfolio companies have gone public or been acquired. Through its business development programs, Intel Capital curates thousands of introductions each year between its portfolio executives and Intel's customers and partners in the Global 2000. For more information on what makes Intel Capital one of the world's most powerful venture capital firms, visit http://www.intelcapital.com or follow @Intelcapital. IXO Private Equity is an independent company 100 % held by its management team. It manages an asset portfolio in capital-investment of €570m. Funds made out from type FIP/FCPI's public offer represent €220m. FPCI's funds (ex FCPR) mainly signed by institutional investors represent, as for them, €350m. Located in Toulouse, Marseille and Lyon, IXO Private Equity invests equity amounts between €1m and €15m per project in PME located in the South of France (South-East - South-West). For more information, see http://www.ixope.fr Salesforce Ventures-Salesforce's corporate investment group-invests in the next generation of enterprise technology to help companies connect with their customers in entirely new ways. Portfolio companies receive funding as well as access to the world's largest cloud ecosystem and the guidance of Salesforce's innovators and executives. With Salesforce Ventures, portfolio companies can also leverage the expertise of the Salesforce Foundation to incorporate its 1-1-1 model of integrated philanthropy to make giving back part of their business model. Salesforce has invested in more than 150 enterprise cloud startups since 2009. For more information, see http://www.salesforce.com/ventures Swen Capital Partners is an investment management company specialized in private equity, private infrastructure and private debt. With €3.2Bn under management, Swen Capital Partners provides: For more information, see http://www.swen-cp.fr Tamer Group is a leading healthcare, beauty care, prestige products, and fast moving consumer goods company responding to the growing needs of the Saudi and Middle East communities. The Group's core activities are import, distribution, promotion, marketing and manufacturing. Today, Tamer Group has established a special position in the Saudi marketplace, resulting from a unique approach to business, service and customer portfolio. Headquartered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Tamer Group serves many of the world's leading companies through various agreements, partnerships, and joint ventures. For more information, see http://www.tamergroup.com


Sigfox, the world's leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced it is closing its Series E funding round of €150 million to accelerate the expansion of its global network and soon reach worldwide coverage. Salesforce, Total, Henri Seydoux, Alto Invest, Swen CP and Tamer Group will join Sigfox as new investors. Existing shareholders including Bpifrance, Elliott, Intel Capital, Air Liquide, Idinvest Partners and IXO, will also re-invest in the company. Additional new investors are also expected to join this financing round shortly to reach the €150 million level. The IoT space opens up new and exciting opportunities by connecting the physical world to the Internet . With its global network, Sigfox gives a voice to billions of objects, allowing them to play a pivotal role in our social and economic development. In just five years, Sigfox has built a unique global wireless network that provides a simple, efficient connectivity solution, enabling devices to connect to the cloud at ultra low-cost and using minimal energy. No other network than Sigfox's has a worldwide footprint and can claim to connect fully autonomous energy harvesting objects. Thanks to Sigfox, every object will connect to the cloud at minimal cost, by relying only on the surrounding energy sources. This promise, along with the significant developments made by the company over the past 18 months, have contributed to the successful closing of this round of funding. With more than 10 million objects registered on its network and coverage currently spanning 26 countries, Sigfox is reinforcing its position as a global leader in the IoT space. This new round of funding will enable the company to expand its international network to 60 countries by 2018 and reach financial breakeven point. The company sees Industry 4.0 as one of the main growth paths driving the development of the IoT. The need for predictive maintenance as well as the continued evolution of its business model towards more services could be some of the reasons behind Total's decision to join other shareholders supporting Sigfox's international development. "We are happy to accompany the development of Sigfox because the technology it offers can be decisive to accelerate the deployment of the Internet of things. It is their advance acquired on the market in a short time and their capacity to accelerate the deployment of large-scale IoT solutions that motivated our investment", commented Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Total. "This type of solution will improve the performance and operational safety of industrial activities, reduce operating costs, but also be used to serve customers " Another key opportunity is the optimisation of industrial processes leveraging big data. For this reason, Sigfox plans to integrate with Salesforce's IoT Cloud, unlocking insights from the connected world that empower any business to take the right action, for the right customer, at the right time across global consumer and business use cases. By connecting billions of objects and events, Sigfox and Salesforce IoT Cloud can facilitate deep and meaningful customer experiences via its global, homogenous and scalable network. Intel Capital, Idinvest Partners and IXO PE, which are historical shareholders of Sigfox, actively participated in this round. "We strongly believe that Sigfox has unlocked the IoT connectivity bottleneck and will bring billions of objects online in the near future. Its cost effective, easy to use, open platform solution is set to become the standard for low power object connectivity, bringing massive productivity gains to the corporate world and everyday benefits to end customers", said Franck Tuil, Elliott's Senior Portfolio Manager. "I created Parrot 22 years ago, and I know how much it takes to carry out ambitious projects on a large scale. I am impressed by the huge progress made by Sigfox over the last three years I have spent as a member of Sigfox's board of directors. I am now convinced of the colossal growth potential of the market Sigfox successfully addresses. Alongside the financial investment I am making today in the company, I am willing to provide Sigfox's management with my support as an entrepreneur", said Henri Seydoux, CEO of Parrot. "The Internet of Things is one of the next big transformational technologies, and we are proud to support Sigfox as the infrastructure leader. We are pleased to see a strong startup ecosystem being built around this world-class technology.", said Paul François Fournier, Executive Director of Bpifrance. Commenting on the announcement, Xavier Drilhon, deputy CEO of Sigfox said, "I joined Sigfox 18 months ago because of the incredibly powerful vision of its founders and the unique positioning of the company as a fundamental enabler of the IoT revolution. Our rapid international expansion made possible thanks to the support of our local operators, as well as the growth of our ecosystem, were key to securing this new fundraising. This will allow the company to accelerate the deployment of its network from 26 countries today to over 60 within the next two years, representing 90 per cent of the worldwide GDP." "When we met in 2010, we agreed that Sigfox could change the world by bringing the virtual and physical worlds together through a new paradigm based on the fundamental principles of astrophysics. Today, we have created the equivalent of the world's largest radio telescope for IoT. Our network is able to connect hundreds of billions of objects to the Internet through advanced radio techniques." said Ludovic Le Moan and Christophe Fourtet, co-founders of Sigfox. The round comprises a "greenshoe" that will allow new strategic and financial partners to join the share capital of Sigfox shortly. Lazard and Goldman Sachs acted as financial advisors to Sigfox, with Skadden acting as legal advisor and Callisto acting as financial advisors to the management. Sigfox pictures are available here Sigfox is the world's leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT). The company has built a global network to connect billions of devices to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible, as simply as possible. Sigfox's unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability. Today, the network is present in 26 countries and on track to cover 60 by 2018 - covering a population of 397 million people. With millions of objects connected and a rapidly growing partner ecosystem, Sigfox empowers companies to create new innovations on the IoT. Founded in 2010 by Ludovic Le Moan and Christophe Fourtet, the company is headquartered in Labège near Toulouse, France's "IoT Valley". Sigfox also has offices in Paris, Madrid, Munich, Boston, San Francisco, Dubai and Singapore. For more information, see http://www.sigfox.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube Total Energy Ventures is Total's venture capital arm for investing in energy start-ups. Its investments support the development of innovative businesses in areas such as renewable energies, energy efficiency, energy storage, digital energy and sustainable transportation Created in 2013, Air Liquide Venture Capital, ALIAD, is the Air Liquide Group's venture capital investor. ALIAD's role is to take minority stakes in innovative technology start-ups. Thanks to its customer knowledge and its industrial and technological expertise, ALIAD supports the growth of innovative startups for the future of technologies. Its involvement is illustrated by R&D and business privileged agreements between the startups and the Group's other entities. For more information, see http://www.airliquide.com/connected-innovation/aliad-venture-capital Alto Invest is a capital management company investing primarily in small and mid-sized fast-growing companies. Alto Invest's team is highly experienced in managing private equity portfolios on behalf of institutional and private clients, and it made more than 90 private equity investments in Europe. Alto Invest is fully approved by the French financial authorities (Autorité des Marchés Financiers) and is an active member of the French Asset Management Association (Association Française de la Gestion Financière). For more information, see http://www.altoinvest.fr Equity investment are operated by Bpifrance Investissement. Bpifrance, a subsidiary of the French state and the Caisse des Dépôts and the entrepreneurs' trusted partner, finances businesses from the seed phase to IPO, through loans, guarantees and equity investments. Bpifrance also provides operational services and strong support for innovation, export, and external growth in partnership with Business France and Coface. Bpifrance offers to businesses a large range of financing opportunities at each key step of their development, including offers adapted to regional specificities. With its 47 regional offices (90% of decisions are made locally) Bpifrance represents a strategic tool for economic competitiveness dedicated to entrepreneurs. Bpifrance acts as a back-up for initiatives driven by the French State and the Regions to tackle 3 goals: With Bpifrance, businesses benefit from a powerful, efficient and close representative, to answer all their needs in terms of financing, innovation and investment. For more information, see http://www.bpifrance.fr and follow us on Twitter @bpifrance. Elliott Management Corporation is an investment firm founded in 1977 that today manages approximately $29 billion of capital for both institutional and individual investors.  Elliott is a multi-strategy firm with offices in New York, London, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Menlo Park active in debt, equities, commodities, currencies and various other asset classes across a range of industries. The firm's principal objective is to generate a return which is as high as is consistent with a goal of minimizing losses during adverse financial market periods. For more information, see http://www.elliottmgmt.com. With more than €7 billion under management and 80 people, Idinvest Partners is a leading pan-European manager focused on the middle market segment. Idinvest Partners has developed several complementary areas of expertise including investments in innovative European start-ups, primary, secondary and mezzanine investments in European non-listed companies, and private equity consulting. Founded under the name AGF Private Equity in 1997, Idinvest Partners was formerly part of the Allianz group until 2010 when it became independent. For more information, see http://www.idinvest.com. Intel Capital, Intel's strategic investment and M&A organization, backs innovative startups targeting computing and smart devices, cloud, datacenter, security, the Internet of Things , wearable and robotic technologies and semiconductor manufacturing. Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested US$11.8 billion in 1,470 companies worldwide, and 617 portfolio companies have gone public or been acquired. Through its business development programs, Intel Capital curates thousands of introductions each year between its portfolio executives and Intel's customers and partners in the Global 2000. For more information on what makes Intel Capital one of the world's most powerful venture capital firms, visit http://www.intelcapital.com or follow @Intelcapital. IXO Private Equity is an independent company 100 % held by its management team. It manages an asset portfolio in capital-investment of €570m. Funds made out from type FIP/FCPI's public offer represent €220m. FPCI's funds (ex FCPR) mainly signed by institutional investors represent, as for them, €350m. Located in Toulouse, Marseille and Lyon, IXO Private Equity invests equity amounts between €1m and €15m per project in PME located in the South of France (South-East - South-West). For more information, see http://www.ixope.fr Salesforce Ventures-Salesforce's corporate investment group-invests in the next generation of enterprise technology to help companies connect with their customers in entirely new ways. Portfolio companies receive funding as well as access to the world's largest cloud ecosystem and the guidance of Salesforce's innovators and executives. With Salesforce Ventures, portfolio companies can also leverage the expertise of the Salesforce Foundation to incorporate its 1-1-1 model of integrated philanthropy to make giving back part of their business model. Salesforce has invested in more than 150 enterprise cloud startups since 2009. For more information, see http://www.salesforce.com/ventures Swen Capital Partners is an investment management company specialized in private equity, private infrastructure and private debt. With €3.2Bn under management, Swen Capital Partners provides: For more information, see http://www.swen-cp.fr Tamer Group is a leading healthcare, beauty care, prestige products, and fast moving consumer goods company responding to the growing needs of the Saudi and Middle East communities. The Group's core activities are import, distribution, promotion, marketing and manufacturing. Today, Tamer Group has established a special position in the Saudi marketplace, resulting from a unique approach to business, service and customer portfolio. Headquartered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Tamer Group serves many of the world's leading companies through various agreements, partnerships, and joint ventures. For more information, see http://www.tamergroup.com


Sigfox, the world's leading provider of a global communication solution powering the Internet of Things (IoT), has today announced that with its ecosystem of partners, they have together enabled an IoT revolution thanks to the world's first ultra-low cost IoT communication modules. Enabled through the Sigfox ecosystem, the new Sigfox certified and ready to use modules cost as little as US $2.00 for European, Middle East and African markets, and less than $3.00 for American and Asian markets. In a developing world of cloud connected devices, high costs and short battery life are now a thing of the past. These barriers were once due to the complex silicon chips required for the devices to communicate with the cloud. Sigfox is different. Device-to-cloud communication is now possible without connections, as the Sigfox network and devices simply listen in and capture specifically formatted messages from around the world, needing something as simple as a silicon chip that you find in a remote control. With its unique approach, Sigfox is well positioned as the only IoT communications provider to enable a future where devices no longer need to rely on batteries to communicate with the cloud. The new ultra-low cost IoT modules significantly lower the cost barrier, with modules up to 20 times cheaper than LTE cellular modules and 5 times cheaper than the closest competing technologies. The Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) solutions market is set to grow 90% annually to $24.5 billion by 2021, so today's announcement will further accelerate growth and access to this market. To achieve this unprecedented low cost, Sigfox worked with its partners to optimise every aspect of the design and specification down to the silicon level. The module specifications are also royalty free to ensure the lowest possible cost, whilst encouraging even greater levels of innovation. "As the total costs to connect devices to the IoT fall, the cost of modules becomes a key component in the equation," said David Parker, senior research analyst at Beecham Research. "This announcement strengthens the IoT Service Provider approach Sigfox brings to the market, lowering the cost to connect, enabling more applications to be connected economically and further expanding the market." The first partners delivering the ultra-low cost modules include module manufacturer, Wisol who is already delivering samples based on ON Semiconductor single chip SoC and who will be starting mass production in December 2016. Additionally, InnoComm will be manufacturing modules based on NXP transceivers. Its samples will be available from January 2017, with mass production starting in March 2017. The Sigfox network spans 24 countries and is on track to reach over 60 by 2018. Sigfox has built a comprehensive supply chain of ecosystem partners that are developing, selling and supporting the connected devices. These partners consist of semiconductors, module makers, developers, design houses, Electronics Manufacturing Services/Original Design Manufacturers, device makers, and distributors. Sigfox ecosystem partners will also be launching new modules to combine the Sigfox protocol with other complimentary connectivity protocols, such as Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Combining these protocols with Sigfox will deliver additional benefits and features that are required by many IoT applications. These additional low cost modules will be available in early 2017 Stuart Lodge, Executive Vice President, global sales and partners at Sigfox, said, "Today's announcement reflects the power of our partner ecosystem, which enables low cost devices and accelerates the mass production of Sigfox compatible modules and devices. "We believe in a future where billions of connected devices have a role in our society and economic development. Dramatically reducing the cost of the low power devices means that we are able to make this belief a reality much quicker. "Sigfox continues to focus on lowering the barriers to IoT mass adoption by working with the entire ecosystem, including all silicon and device partners. We will keep expanding and supporting our ecosystem partners to overcome the cost challenges and make new solutions available that the market requires." This, is how Sigfox, with its partner network, are able to Make Things Come Alive. Volker Graeger, Vice President secure car access at NXP, said, "We are delighted to be part of the Sigfox ecosystem, and its game-changing approach to device connectivity. These IoT modules will be catalysts for new business models and use cases that are virtually unimaginable today." Dr Thomas Wolff, Vice President at ON Semiconductor, said, "Sigfox and its partner ecosystem have just lowered barriers to an IoT future thanks to very high level of integration and extremely low BOM while not compromising on performance. By greatly extending the battery and service life of connected devices, we can imagine a future where battery life is no longer a limitation to what is possible." JiHo, Kim, CEO at Wisol, said, "As a global module partner of Sigfox, we are very excited to launch the competitive module solution, ideal for limitless IoT opportunities. We are very confident that our module solutions will play a key role in enabling device makers to build IoT solutions very easily and quickly. We will keep strengthening our partnership with Sigfox to expand Sigfox's global network and ecosystem." Paul Wang, CEO at InnoComm, said, "The simplicity of the new specification makes it incredibly easy to build modules on the Sigfox network. It fundamentally moves proofs of concepts to mass market and high volume. This is essential to encouraging mass adoption particularly amongst product manufacturers seeking to become service providers." Learn more about Wisol and InnoComm's solutions on the Sigfox Partner Network: Sigfox is the world's leading provider of global communication solutions powering the Internet of Things (IoT). Its solutions introduce a game-changing approach for device-to-cloud communications by making it possible for devices to send and receive data over the Internet without the need to manage complex connections or SIM cards, as the Sigfox network and devices simply listen in and capture specifically formatted radio messages from around the globe, needing something as simple as a silicon chip that you find in a remote control. The unique Sigfox solutions enable devices to consume so little energy that soon batteries will become redundant and energy harvesting solutions will power data transmission. The vision of the company is to "Make Things Come Alive". By giving a voice to the physical world we live in, and connecting it to the Cloud, Sigfox allows objects to play a role in our social and economic development. Currently present in 24 countries, and on track to reach over 60 by 2018, the Sigfox network today covers a population of 397 million people. Millions of connected objects are already registered on the network across all five continents, enabling companies to accelerate their digital transformation, develop new services and create value. Founded in 2010 by entrepreneurs Ludovic Le Moan and Christophe Fourtet, the company is headquartered in Labege near Toulouse, France's "IoT Valley". Sigfox also has offices worldwide in Paris, Madrid, Munich, Boston, San Francisco, Dubai and Singapore. For more information, visit www.sigfox.com and follow us on Twitter at @SIGFOX.


Sigfox, the world's leading provider of a global communication solution powering the Internet of Things (IoT), has today announced that with its ecosystem of partners, they have together enabled an IoT revolution thanks to the world's first ultra-low cost IoT communication modules. Enabled through the Sigfox ecosystem, the new Sigfox certified and ready to use modules cost as little as US $2.00 for European, Middle East and African markets, and less than $3.00 for American and Asian markets. In a developing world of cloud connected devices, high costs and short battery life are now a thing of the past. These barriers were once due to the complex silicon chips required for the devices to communicate with the cloud. Sigfox is different. Device-to-cloud communication is now possible without connections, as the Sigfox network and devices simply listen in and capture specifically formatted messages from around the world, needing something as simple as a silicon chip that you find in a remote control. With its unique approach, Sigfox is well positioned as the only IoT communications provider to enable a future where devices no longer need to rely on batteries to communicate with the cloud. The new ultra-low cost IoT modules significantly lower the cost barrier, with modules up to 20 times cheaper than LTE cellular modules and 5 times cheaper than the closest competing technologies. The Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) solutions market is set to grow 90% annually to $24.5 billion by 2021, so today's announcement will further accelerate growth and access to this market. To achieve this unprecedented low cost, Sigfox worked with its partners to optimise every aspect of the design and specification down to the silicon level. The module specifications are also royalty free to ensure the lowest possible cost, whilst encouraging even greater levels of innovation. "As the total costs to connect devices to the IoT fall, the cost of modules becomes a key component in the equation," said David Parker, senior research analyst at Beecham Research. "This announcement strengthens the IoT Service Provider approach Sigfox brings to the market, lowering the cost to connect, enabling more applications to be connected economically and further expanding the market." The first partners delivering the ultra-low cost modules include module manufacturer, Wisol who is already delivering samples based on ON Semiconductor single chip SoC and who will be starting mass production in December 2016. Additionally, InnoComm will be manufacturing modules based on NXP transceivers. Its samples will be available from January 2017, with mass production starting in March 2017. The Sigfox network spans 24 countries and is on track to reach over 60 by 2018. Sigfox has built a comprehensive supply chain of ecosystem partners that are developing, selling and supporting the connected devices. These partners consist of semiconductors, module makers, developers, design houses, Electronics Manufacturing Services/Original Design Manufacturers, device makers, and distributors. Sigfox ecosystem partners will also be launching new modules to combine the Sigfox protocol with other complimentary connectivity protocols, such as Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Combining these protocols with Sigfox will deliver additional benefits and features that are required by many IoT applications. These additional low cost modules will be available in early 2017 Stuart Lodge, Executive Vice President, global sales and partners at Sigfox, said, "Today's announcement reflects the power of our partner ecosystem, which enables low cost devices and accelerates the mass production of Sigfox compatible modules and devices. "We believe in a future where billions of connected devices have a role in our society and economic development. Dramatically reducing the cost of the low power devices means that we are able to make this belief a reality much quicker. "Sigfox continues to focus on lowering the barriers to IoT mass adoption by working with the entire ecosystem, including all silicon and device partners. We will keep expanding and supporting our ecosystem partners to overcome the cost challenges and make new solutions available that the market requires." This, is how Sigfox, with its partner network, are able to Make Things Come Alive. Volker Graeger, Vice President secure car access at NXP, said, "We are delighted to be part of the Sigfox ecosystem, and its game-changing approach to device connectivity. These IoT modules will be catalysts for new business models and use cases that are virtually unimaginable today." Dr Thomas Wolff, Vice President at ON Semiconductor, said, "Sigfox and its partner ecosystem have just lowered barriers to an IoT future thanks to very high level of integration and extremely low BOM while not compromising on performance. By greatly extending the battery and service life of connected devices, we can imagine a future where battery life is no longer a limitation to what is possible." JiHo, Kim, CEO at Wisol, said, "As a global module partner of Sigfox, we are very excited to launch the competitive module solution, ideal for limitless IoT opportunities. We are very confident that our module solutions will play a key role in enabling device makers to build IoT solutions very easily and quickly. We will keep strengthening our partnership with Sigfox to expand Sigfox's global network and ecosystem." Paul Wang, CEO at InnoComm, said, "The simplicity of the new specification makes it incredibly easy to build modules on the Sigfox network. It fundamentally moves proofs of concepts to mass market and high volume. This is essential to encouraging mass adoption particularly amongst product manufacturers seeking to become service providers." Learn more about Wisol and InnoComm's solutions on the Sigfox Partner Network: Sigfox is the world's leading provider of global communication solutions powering the Internet of Things (IoT). Its solutions introduce a game-changing approach for device-to-cloud communications by making it possible for devices to send and receive data over the Internet without the need to manage complex connections or SIM cards, as the Sigfox network and devices simply listen in and capture specifically formatted radio messages from around the globe, needing something as simple as a silicon chip that you find in a remote control. The unique Sigfox solutions enable devices to consume so little energy that soon batteries will become redundant and energy harvesting solutions will power data transmission. The vision of the company is to "Make Things Come Alive". By giving a voice to the physical world we live in, and connecting it to the Cloud, Sigfox allows objects to play a role in our social and economic development. Currently present in 24 countries, and on track to reach over 60 by 2018, the Sigfox network today covers a population of 397 million people. Millions of connected objects are already registered on the network across all five continents, enabling companies to accelerate their digital transformation, develop new services and create value. Founded in 2010 by entrepreneurs Ludovic Le Moan and Christophe Fourtet, the company is headquartered in Labège near Toulouse, France's "IoT Valley". Sigfox also has offices worldwide in Paris, Madrid, Munich, Boston, San Francisco, Dubai and Singapore. For more information, visit www.sigfox.com and follow us on Twitter at @SIGFOX.


Today, Sigfox, the world's leading provider of a global communication solution powering the Internet of Things (IoT), and its partner KYOCERA Communication Systems Co., Ltd. (KCCS) announced the nationwide roll-out of the Sigfox network in Japan - the world's third largest IoT market. The partnership is a strategic move to tap into this fast-growing market which represents 6 per cent of global revenue that is set to reach no less than 3 trillion USD by 2025. With key Japanese corporations investing heavily in the IoT sector, Japan will also be a major contributor to the global IoT ecosystem (cf. Japan Times[2]). As Sigfox's network operator in Japan, KCCS, a subsidiary of Kyocera Corporation - a leading global supplier of printers, copiers, mobile phones, solar power generating systems, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics - will deploy Sigfox's network nationwide and distribute the service to its customers. Sigfox connectivity service now spans across 25 countries. This move marks another key milestone of Sigfox's rapid expansion in the Asia Pacific region, following roll-outs in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan earlier this year. The roll-out of the Sigfox network in Japan will provide main territory coverage in 2018, initially starting in Tokyo in early 2017. KCCS will target applications across all vertical markets, with a particular focus on public utility, infrastructure, healthcare, logistics, agriculture and manufacturing industries. Global scalability, cost and energy consumption have been the three greatest barriers to IoT mass adoption. Sigfox entered the global IoT market to break down these barriers. Rather than using existing technologies, Sigfox has taken a unique approach. The company is rolling out the first global IoT network to listen to billions of objects broadcasting data, without the need to establish and maintain network connections. This game-changing shift, that drastically reduce energy consumption and costs, will fuel the IoT mass market deployment. Rodolphe Baronnet-Fruges, Sigfox Executive Vice President of Networks and Operators, said: "We are proud to be entering a partnership with KCCS to enable the huge potential of Japanese corporations and society. I am confident that the Japanese solutions, powered by Sigfox, will meet the fourth industrial revolution challenge head-on." Roswell Wolff, President, Sigfox Asia Pacific, said, "As the third largest IoT market in the world, Japan is strategic for Sigfox, both for its significance as a connected market in its own right, and as a key global contributor to the development of smart connected devices fuelling the growth of the internet of things worldwide. "We expect exponential growth in demand to connect millions of devices over a simple, low cost, low power and long range network. We look forward to a strong partnership with KCCS to drive the expansion of the Japanese IoT market''. Yoshihito Kurose, President, KYOCERA Communication Systems Co., Ltd., said, "I am delighted with our partnership with Sigfox, to deploy the Sigfox network in Japan. There are already a number of Sigfox use cases in the global market that we can learn from. KYOCERA Communication Systems Co., Ltd., KCCS, will deploy the Sigfox network in Japan as well as create many applications and contribute to the global success of the Sigfox network". KCCS, a subsidiary of Kyocera Corporation- a leading global supplier of printers, copiers, mobile phones, solar power generating systems, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics-will deploy Sigfox's network nationwide and distribute the service to its customers. For more information, visit http://www.kccs.co.jp/english/ Sigfox is the world's leading provider of global communication solutions powering the Internet of Things (IoT). Its solutions introduce a game-changing approach for device-to-cloud communications by making it possible for devices to send and receive data over the Internet without the need to manage complex connections or SIM cards, as the Sigfox network and devices simply listen in and capture specifically formatted radio messages from around the globe, needing something as simple as a silicon chip that you find in a remote control. The unique Sigfox solutions enable devices to consume so little energy that soon batteries will become redundant and energy harvesting solutions will power data transmission. The vision of the company is to "Make Things Come Alive". By giving a voice to the physical world we live in, and connecting it to the Cloud, Sigfox allows objects to play a role in our social and economic development. Currently present in 25 countries, and on track to reach over 60 by 2018, the Sigfox network today covers a population of 397 million people. Millions of connected objects are already registered on the network across all five continents, enabling companies to accelerate their digital transformation, develop new services and create value. Founded in 2010 by entrepreneurs Ludovic Le Moan and Christophe Fourtet, the company is headquartered in Labege near Toulouse, France's "IoT Valley". Sigfox also has offices worldwide in Paris, Madrid, Munich, Boston, San Francisco, Dubai and Singapore. For more information, visit http://www.sigfox.com and follow us on Twitter at @SIGFOX.

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