IoT network provider Sigfox and its Latin America subsidiary WND has partnered with IotNet Mexico to deploy the firm’s network in Mexico City. IotNet Mexico is a subsidiary of local energy services firm Nxtview and the exclusive Sigfox network operator (SNO) in Mexico. According to a company release Mexico City, which has a population of 21 million, provides “one of the world’s largest markets for smart city applications.”
Market intelligence firm Machina Research says that smart city applications will represent one-third of all low-power, wide-area (LPWA) connections in the country. [Open IoT standards cuts costs in smart city rollouts – report]
Sigfox, WND and IoTNet Mexico expect to complete city-wide deployment by the end of the year.
[quote] IoTNet Mexico will reportedly focus initially on utility applications such as remote metering for water, gas and residential electricity.
Daniel Guevara, CEO of IotNet Mexico, said: “As part of a group that is providing utility services to major Mexican companies and is deploying the first metering-as-a-service in the country, we made an extensive comparison of the available LPWA and cellular technologies and concluded Sigfox was superior in simplicity, choice of hardware vendors and ecosystem support.
“But more than that, we chose them for their disruptive business model and their versatile global ecosystem that helps SNOs and their customers quickly implement the IoT.”
Sigfox claims that it network is ‘tailored’ for smart cities, smart buildings, asset tracking, remote monitoring, utility metering and multiple other applications that will make up the vast majority of IoT use cases.
IoT network coverage in Latin America
The French connectivity provider notes that as it continues its Latin American deployment, which started in Brazil in April, Mexico becomes the 21st country to roll out the network. The rollout in Brazil and Mexico will address 53% of the Latin American territory and 56% of its population, says Sigfox. [IoT: Sigfox and WND begin network rollout in Brazil]
Rodolphe Baronnet-Frugès, Sigfox executive vice president networks and operators, commented: “This partnership with IotNet Mexico continues our rapid network deployment in Latin America and adds another key country to our global seamless network.
“With the addition of Mexico, Sigfox and its network operator partners are currently deploying the Sigfox network in countries totaling one billion people, with one third of this population under effective coverage today.”
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