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Sigfox adds Colombia to its global IoT network

Following the launch of its global IoT network in Columbia, Sigfox claims to cover 57 percent of Latin America’s territory.

Sigfox’s international expansion shows no signs of slowing down. The IoT operator has now announced the launch of its global IoT network in Columbia, together with partners WND and Phaxsi Solutions. Following Brazil and Mexico, Columbia becomes the third country in Latin America linked to Sigfox’s global IoT network. According to Sigfox, the operator’s IoT network now covers 57 percent of Latin America’s territory and 60 percent of its population.

“This is a very timely launch of Sigfox’s network in Colombia on many levels,” said Carolina Campo, CEO and co-founder of Phaxsi Solutions. “First, its light infrastructure enables Phaxsi to quickly and simply connect Colombian businesses and citizens to the IoT. Second, our goal is to work with the national alliance to sustainably develop, consolidate and grow the IoT market in Colombia. Finally, the arrival of this global connectivity solution opens the door to new economically competitive and energy-efficient services for Colombian businesses. These will deliver a significant, positive impact for the Colombian economy.”

The rollout in Columbia coincides with the launch of the “Center of Excellence and Appropriation of Internet of Things (CEA-IoT)”, a nationwide alliance of universities, technology leaders and companies in Columbia aimed at speeding up the use of IoT and its use as a tool to boost economic development.

“Colombia is a very promising setting for rapid IoT adoption because public and private groups recognize the key role the IoT can play in the creation of new companies, improved efficiencies for businesses and new services for citizens,” said Rodolphe Baronnet-Frugès, executive vice president networks and operators at Sigfox. “Sigfox will work with WND and Phaxsi Solutions to quickly build the local ecosystem of hardware manufacturers, solution makers, startups and others to rapidly realize these benefits for Colombians. As we have demonstrated in every country where our network operates, Sigfox makes possible what was not possible before.”

Columbia’s top 10 urban areas, which account for more than 50 percent of the country’s population, are expected to be covered by mid-2017.

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