Target applications will include the country’s smart city, agricultural and security sectors
Sigfox, and its Latin American partner, WND, are working with local operator, Velocom, to roll out an Internet of Things (IoT) network across Argentina. Velocom is a subsidiary of the country’s leading IT and telecom group, Grupo DATCO.
The announcement extends Sigfox’s existing presence across Brazil, Mexico and Colombia. The addition of Argentina -- Latin America’s third largest economy – will see Sigfox’s network geographically cover 71 per cent of Latin America and 74 per cent of its GDP.
Target applications will include the country’s smart city, agricultural and security sectors. With over 50 million cows – more than its human population – Argentina is a significant market for IoT enabled cattle tracking and monitoring solutions.
Sigfox, WND and Velocom will start deploying pilots with selected customers in early 2017, and are currently working with the country’s Ministry of Communications and regulator, ENACOM, to ensure a national public roll-out in 2017.
“Our vision is to give everyday objects a voice, so the physical world around us can contribute towards our economic and social development,” says Rodolphe Baronnet-Frugès, executive vice president networks and operators at Sigfox. “Given the significant potential for innovations in areas such as agriculture, smart cities and security, Argentina is ideal for bringing this vision to life.”
Horacio Martinez, CEO of Grupo DATCO, said: “The Sigfox global scale experience and its low power and low cost technology, along with our knowledge of the local market, will allow us to lead the transition to a hyper-connected world, which will change not only the Internet and telecommunications industry, but a large number of vertical industries and markets in the country. By combining broadband and ultra-narrowband in its portfolio, VELOCOM will be able to service from tiny trackers to huge oil fields”.
Argentina is Sigfox 29th country. The company plans to be in 60 countries by 2018, with roll-outs in Peru, Chile and Central America, on the roadmap for 2017.
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