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3 Feb 2022

France-based global IoT group Sigfox has entered insolvency proceedings following difficulties mostly beyond the company’s control, reports IoTtechnews. In a statement, Sigfox confirmed that a judicial reorganisation procedure for the benefit of the parent company and subsidiary Sigfox France would have an initial observation period of six months, with the aim of finding new buyers with the capacity to work for the long-term development of Sigfox and to preserve jobs. The report notes that lower-than-forecast growth in IoT devices has been significantly influenced by global electronic component shortages and COVID-19 related factors which slowed IoT development activity, weighing heavily on Sigfox’s financial situation, in particular its level of indebtedness.

Spain’s Sateliot is finalising a first-phase capital increase for EUR10 million (USD11.3 million) via which Indra and Cellnex have become new shareholders and industrial partners, reports Satellite-evolution.com. Sateliot – which is launching a constellation of 5G/IoT nanosatellites to act as coverage extension for mobile networks for true global reach – will issue respective stakes of approximately 10.5% and 3.5% to Indra and Cellnex, with the funds raised from the capital increase earmarked for advancing the development of the technology for Sateliot’s project, which will merge mobile and satellite networks under the same standard – already approved by 3GPP in a first phase.

In Portugal, LoRin Network has chosen Cellnex to provide infrastructure to host a national LoRaWAN IoT network. Cellnex Portugal director Nuno Carvalhosa stated that Cellnex’s infrastructure ‘allows different operators, in this case LoRin Network, to provide solutions and services aimed at improving the quality of life of citizens’ and enabling ‘improvement of the functioning of urban centres and the digital transformation of different sectors of the economy.’ A release added: ‘These networks allow the installation of a range of IoT solutions favourable not only to improving connectivity in essential activity sectors, such as agriculture or transport and industry, but also to the acceleration and development of smart cities.’

UK-based global satellite firm Inmarsat has announced a distribution partnership with Libyan network operator Rawafed Libya for Telecommunications and Technology (RLTT). RLTT’s Digital Oilfields business unit will use Inmarsat’s IsatData Pro (IDP) and Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) to provide secure, satellite-based data services to oil and gas companies, including always-on remote telematic and CCTV monitoring of vital infrastructure such as wellheads at drilling and production sites across the country. ‘Inmarsat’s experience in providing IoT-over-satellite connectivity for industry means that it understands the types of products and services we want to offer to the oil and gas sector in Libya,’ said Taha Ellafi, Chairman at RLTT. The services are delivered through Inmarsat’s ELERA L-band connectivity network and benefit from ultra-reliable 99.9% availability, security and small-form, robust terminals. The RLTT Digital Oilfields unit plans to expand its satellite-based offering with the addition of pipeline monitoring, plus vehicle telemetry, tracking, and fleet management. ‘More and more oil and gas companies are benefitting from the operational and safety improvements IoT provides,’ said Mike Carter, President of Inmarsat Enterprise.

Canada’s Rogers Business has launched a 5G Wireless Private Network (WPN) at Kirkland Lake Gold’s Detour Lake Mine, the second-largest gold mine in Canada and the country’s first mine to be fully connected over a 5G WPN, providing enhanced coverage, end-to-end reliability, full redundancy, and a low latency network across its 80-square-kilometre operation. New solutions supported by the 5G WPN include tele-remote operations, industrial IoT sensors to provide real-time insight into operations, drones that can deliver supplies to the bottom of the mine, future autonomous haulage vehicles, and exploration work. All applications will be monitored and managed through a digital dashboard to improve efficiencies and productivity at the site. Rogers worked with partners on the project including Cradlepoint, Dell Technologies, Ericsson and Expeto.

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France, Libya, Portugal, Spain, Cellnex Telecom, Inmarsat, LoRin Network, Rawafed Libya, Rogers Communications, Sateliot, Sigfox