SIGFOX: Primed for Growth
SIGFOX is a provider of infrastructure services to the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) industry. The company has a homegrown solution to the problem of high energy consumption networks. Their low power consumption wide area network (LPWAN) will unleash the IoT industry by allowing companies to build viable solutions using IoT. Just as with operating systems, an infrastructure is only as valuable as the solutions that are available on them. A basic challenge needing to be overcome before gaining traction within IoT is that their infrastructure must become widely available. In one approach, the company can get third parties to buy their technology and use it to provide coverage. In the second approach, SIGFOX has to raise capital and do its own expansion of the infrastructure. In addition, they have also chosen a mixed approach: to deploy and operate by themselves in a minority of countries (France, Germany, US) and to deploy/operate via partners (SIGFOX Network Operators) in the rest of the world.