UK-based communications infrastructure and media services company Arqiva has announced that it is constructing a national Internet of Things (IoT) network. Initially the company aims to roll out the infrastructure in ten of the country’s largest cities, those being: Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield. In order to construct the network, Arqiva said it has partnered with SIGFOX, and with the infrastructure to use the latter’s technology it will connect the UK to the SIGFOX global IoT network; SIGFOX networks are currently deployed in France, the Netherlands and Spain, as well as in several cities in other countries, including Moscow, and Munich.
Commenting on the plans, Arqiva’s managing director of Smart Metering and Machine-to-Machine solutions, Wendy McMillan, said: ‘Arqiva has the unique breadth of capabilities needed to meet evolving machine-to-machine connectivity requirements across the UK. We already run satellite, Wi-Fi, and long-range radio networks, providing full managed services where required. Our smart metering communications service, connecting ten million homes using long-range radio technology, will be one of the UK’s largest machine-to-machine deployments.’