Altice, parent company of operator SFR, and Sigfox, supplier of low-speed networks, have announced that they have signed a partnership which should allow the telecommunications group to deploy in connected objects. Ultimately, customers of the Altice group and its subsidiaries in France and abroad will be offered new offers entirely dedicated to the Internet of Things.
For its operator SFR, the objective will thus be to create new offers based on the convergence of networks (4G, Internet, and now IoT). “We are convinced that the Internet of Things market is an opportunity to be seized today, with a global vision”, explains Michel Combes, Chief Operating Officer of Altice and Chairman and CEO of SFR in a joint press release. . Behind it, there are also new uses linked to “machine-to-machine” – when objects communicate with each other, which will have to meet customer expectations.
Sigfox claims a presence in fourteen countries and targets around thirty new markets in 2016. In France, the Sigfox network, which co-exists with the LoRa network, covers 92% of the first uses, according to the Toulouse company. This partnership with Altice will extend notably to Portugal with the operator Portugal Telecom, to the United States and to Israel.
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