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Sigfox extends its model to take on private LTE, boasts 15m devices

Sigfox is one of the more prominent of the unlicensed low power WAN (U-LPWAN) providers, but has lost some ground to LoRaWAN. Its latest effort to regain momentum is to launch its first private WAN solution, which will be trialled in its homeland of France from early 2020 and then rolled out more widely. Essentially, it is a service that will see Sigfox deploy a dedicated network for a customer’s needs, with the option of buying a ‘WAN extension’ to move onto the wider Sigfox LPWAN network. This will take Sigfox more directly into the private LTE business model, in which operators or alternative service providers build and manage private cellular systems for enterprises or cities, with roaming rights onto…

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