SigFox, which claims to be the first cellular operator dedicated exclusively to M2M, has signed a deal with infrastructure owner TDF that will help it to expand the coverage of its network in France.
Under the arrangements, TDF (Paris, France) – which is Europe’s biggest owner of broadcast and telecoms masts – will deploy, host and maintain a part of SigFox’s French network.
SigFox (Toulouse, France) says it will use a large number of TDF’s towers but aim to maximize radio coverage at each one of them to reduce the network’s economic and environmental footprint.
Given the lower average revenue per user associated with M2M usage, SigFox is under pressure to keep its costs to an absolute minimum, but the company believes the sheer volume of devices connected to its network will drive growth, claiming its technology will meet “the many needs of individual and business users”.
“The large number of TDF sites enables us to increase our coverage and increase the quality of service that SigFox delivers to its customers,” said Ludovic Le Moan, SigFox’s chief executive officer.
“Our low-throughput communications cellular network is now ready to support billions of objects,” he added.
TDF says the deal with SigFox will help to bolster its position in a rapidly growing telecoms market.
“This is an ambitious project for which TDF provides SigFox with its solid expertise in radio engineering, deployment, operation and maintenance of telecoms infrastructures,” said Christine Landrevot, the head of TDF’s telecoms and services business unit.
“By trusting us, SigFox is looking ahead to a future populated by communicating objects which will transform and ease our lives,” said Landrevot.