Swedish-backed operator Tele2 Netherlands (Tele2 NL) is partnering with the country’s only SIGFOX network operator, Aerea, to boost machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity. SIGFOX, which was developed in France, is a low throughput connectivity solution based on antenna and base station infrastructure that is independent of existing telecoms networks.
The global SIGFOX network uses ‘ultra-narrow’ licence-free frequencies (868MHz in Europe), delivering high capacity with low deployment and maintenance costs; Aerea’s SIGFOX network currently covers 85% of the Netherlands. Tele2 claims that its subscribers as well as its other M2M partners will be able to benefit from integrated SIGFOX and mobile M2M solutions.
The IoT is the interconnection of uniquely identifiable embedded computing devices within the existing internet infrastructure. Typically, IoT offers advanced connectivity of devices, systems, and services that goes beyond machine-to-machine (M2M), and covers a variety of protocols, domains and applications.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Swedish parent company Tele2 Group launched a dedicated M2M division in November 2013. The unit, named Tele2 M2M Global Solutions, initially offered services in Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands.