Europe trials dedicated narrowband cellular network for the Internet of Things

December 02, 2013 // By Nick Flaherty
M2M module supplier Telit Wireless Solutions is working with French network operator SIGFOX on the first cellular network fully dedicated to machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) communications using narrowband links.

The European network is based on a new cellular approach. SIGFOX’s Ultra Narrow Band (UNB) technology makes it possible to operate on unlicensed frequency bands available worldwide and with fewer antennae. Long-range data transmission drastically reduces power-consumption and therefore carbon footprint and maintenance costs. Telit is working with SIGFOX to develop and quickly bring to market M2M modules certified under the SIGFOX UNB network.
With existing connectivity solutions built primarily to address needs of high bandwidth devices, a large number of business cases and potential candidate users of the IoT find major limitations in pricing, energy consumption and complexity of implementation associated with traditional cellular systems. The SIGFOX network and accompanying Telit OEM module solve this by providing an ready-to-use subscription-based low-throughput connectivity solution at lower prices, with lower energy consumption and leveraging very simple integration. The approach enables a larger global marketplace of connected solutions.
With the new module and the network rollout, the two companies say it will become "simple and optimal" to connect Telit powered objects."

SIGFOX has started rolling out its network in France, the Netherlands and Russia and plans to extend coverage to over 60 countries globally within five years.