Full coverage of Mexico City is expected by the end of 2016 and nationwide availability shortly afterwards
Sigfox and its Latin American division, WND has teamed up with IotNet Mexico to roll out its network technology across the country.
The IoT connectivity provider expects full coverage in Mexico City by the end of 2016 and nationwide service to be available shortly afterwards.
Mexico City, with a population of 21 million, provides one of the world’s largest markets for smart-city applications which, according to Machina Research, will represent one-third of all low-power, wide-area (LPWA) connections in the country.
IotNet Mexico’s initial focus will be on applications for utilities such as remote metering for water, gas and residential electricity.
“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,” said Daniel Guevara, CEO of IotNet Mexico.
“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’s Latin American deployment began in Brazil in April 2016. The company claims with these two countries alone, it will be able to address 53 percent of the Latin American territory and 56 percent of its population.
“By deploying the Sigfox network in Mexico with IotNet Mexico, we are substantially increasing the scale of the deployments in the region to reduce even further the costs of bringing this network to cities and businesses who are committed to delivering value added IoT services in Latin America,” added Chris Bataillard, founder of WND.
Mexico is the 21st country to roll out Sigfox’s network and the company plans to be in 30 countries by the end of 2016.