Sigfox Russia Starts 0G Network to Power Country’s Digitalization

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Sigfox Russia Starts 0G Network to Power Country’s Digitalization

In partnership with digital venture capital company Energo Capital, service provider Sigfox launches a 0G network for IoT in the Russian Federation. Sigfox Russia will be using ultra-long coverage base stations to create a nationwide 0G network.

It is expected to be covering more than 85% of the Russian population, large industrial sites, transport hubs and corridors. The communication network is meant to connect millions of sensors, metering and other devices through simple and inexpensive low-power radio modules.
Sigfox currently operates in more than 70 countries on 5 continents with more than 1.1 billion people, transmitting 26 million messages daily from 15.4 million IoT devices.

Russia is a key country not only because of market size, which is predicted to grow to $7.6 billion in 2022,

notes Bertrand Ramé, Senior Vice President Expansion & Partner Management at Sigfox.

For the global economy, Russia is also very important for the digitalization of thousands of kilometers of railway corridors within the Belt and Road Initiative, all the way through the Baltics and Poland to Western Europe. Sigfox as the proven leader in transportation and logistics IoT services is very well positioned to help fulfill this challenge. For the countries of the region, Russia is the technological leader in the IoT field and will drive regional digitalization. Within the global digital ecosystem, Russia is acknowledged for creating and delivering innovative IoT technologies and products.

The availability of the 0G communication standard in Russia will help implementing the National “Digital Economy of the Russian Federation” program and hopefully also stimulate the development of the Russian digital ecosystem. At the same time it can reduce the costs of implementing IoT solutions by adapting global best practices.

Midterm plans include providing coverage in areas where it is impossible to create terrestrial 0G communication networks in remote Russian areas like the Taiga, the Northern Sea Route, etc. by using the future ELO nanosatellite constellation, deployed and operated by Sigfox together with Eutelsat.

We saw a significant demand for Sigfox solutions in transport and logistics, infrastructure and utilities and commercial real estate sectors. We have designed our network deployment plans based on the market potential,

says Eric Brisset, CEO of Sigfox Russia.

It is possible that we may accelerate our plans. This is due to an increase in the number of requests from companies from other market segments, as well as significant interest from potential partners who would like to be part of Sigfox’ global business.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Sigfox

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