Sigfox has a new backer, after the Commercial Court of Toulouse announced the appointment of UnaBiz, the existing Sigfox IoT network operator for Singapore and Taiwan, as its owner. Via the receivership proceeding for Sigfox and its subsidiary Sigfox France, UnaBiz was endorsed as the best offer among nine initial bidders by the Jury, Administrators, the Public Prosecutor, Sigfox, Sigfox France and Sigfox Employee Representatives. UnaBiz will safeguard 110 existing Sigfox employees of a total of 174 and make financial and operational assessments to protect the firm’s assets, books and mission-critical network and back-end systems, to address customer concerns. Henri Bong, Co-CEO of UnaBiz, added: ‘While the transition of ownership marks a new beginning for Sigfox, UnaBiz will definitely guarantee the French sovereignty of Sigfox … On top of securing the sales pipeline for Sigfox in the next twelve months as global markets emerge from the pandemic, UnaBiz and Sigfox will strive towards the convergence of LPWAN. The new Sigfox will reinvent itself and collaborate with other IoT communication technologies to seize new market opportunities.’ Sigfox’s ‘0G’ networks are present in 75 countries worldwide (owned and operated by 75 Sigfox Operators), with 20 million connected devices.
Malta’s Melita Business has enabled 5G connectivity nationwide on all its IoT packages. The company says that using the Ericsson-built 5G network means that up to one million devices per square kilometre can connect to the network simultaneously, greatly increasing the scope for the implementation of IoT solutions across Malta and Gozo. Malcolm Briffa, Director of Business Services at Melita, declared: ‘While until now, IoT services in Malta have mainly focused on collecting data and monitoring, more exciting opportunities in automated manufacturing and even driverless vehicles now become a real possibility.’ The Melita group’s international brand, melita.io, offers IoT connectivity across Europe, serviced by teams based in Germany and Italy.
Singapore’s M1 announced a strategic collaboration with Accenture, aiming to drive 5G growth for enterprises, focusing first on maritime, energy & utilities and smart estates industry verticals. As reported by The Edge, M1 and Accenture will co-develop in-class solutions using 5G, IoT and edge computing to solve industry challenges and support enterprises in their sustainable growth, with the aim of advancing Singapore’s 5G vision. M1 has conducted over 15 5G use cases and partnerships, ranging from maritime drones to autonomous vehicles to date. Some of M1’s existing 5G partners include Keppel Offshore & Marine, Maritime Port Authority of Singapore and Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) amongst others. In addition, with the launch of M1’s ‘True 5G’ network last July, its coverage has expanded to about 65% of Singapore. Ng Wee Wei, Singapore country managing director at Accenture, said that the 5G network collaboration with M1 ‘enhances Accenture’s ability to drive compressed transformation across the cloud continuum with a dynamic array of capabilities from the public cloud to the edge and everything in-between.’
Paris-based MVNO and mobile virtual network enabler/aggregator (MVNE/A) Transatel, part of the Japanese NTT Group, is enabling 5G connectivity for clients using its IoT connectivity service in France via the mobile network of SFR. Furthermore, Transatel’s 5G-based IoT offering will also become available in the coming weeks in Belgium, Japan (hosted by NTT DOCOMO) and the US.
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