After announcing the establishment of a partnership with Thinxtra to extend its IoT network to Australia and New Zealand this April, Sigfox has come quite far. The global provider of dedicated communications service for the Internet of Things (IoT) has achieved far better success in New Zealand.
Following the commissioning of a new site in Hamilton, SigFox LPWan IoT network is now accessible to 50% of New Zealand population. The information was confirmed by Kordia, the company that is rolling out the Sigfox low-powered wide area IoT network for Thinxtra. This IoT network is currently available in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch only but in coming months, it would reach Dunedin, Palmerston North, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Whangarei, Napier and Hastings as well.
Thinxtra and SigFox had joined hands in April hoping to take advantage of the simple and fast roll out of IoT network to offer coverage to 30% of all Australians and New Zealanders by the end of 2016. The partners further wished to extend it to 85% of the two countries’ total population within 18 months, and they seem quiet ahead of the schedule.
While throwing some light on the Sigfox IoT network rollout status in NZ, Kordia CRO Aaron Olphert said, “Right now the Sigfox IoT network is deployed in four major cities reaching 50% of the population. We have the biggest IoT coverage available in New Zealand and with the rollout well ahead of schedule, in around 14 months the entire country will be covered.”
However, this is not the only thing that Kordia is boasting about. The company is also going gung-ho about an unofficial record of transmitting data over the longest distance i.e. 212 kms between a Kordia site in North Canterbury and another in Wellington. The previous record was of 195 kms between the Pyrenean Mountains and Toulouse in France.