Sigfox – Where Are Your End Devices?


At the Sigfox World IoT Expo in Prague this week, announced partnerships with operators in four new countries: Costa Rica, Thailand, Tunisia. and Croatia.

The company restated its mission to offer a consistent level of quality and service for low-power, wide area network (LPWAN) connectivity  to anywhere in the world – and announced it has recently expanded into four new countries.

“Coverage, Coverage, Coverage”

Sigfox news has revolved around their growing network coverage but little about the growth in connected end-devices figures.

Which raises the raises a larger question, where are the IoT end devices?

The deployment of LPWAN infrastructure is as easy as an operator powering on a Sigfox base station on their existing cell towers but without the anticipated billion of paid end device subscriptions, how will Sigfox survive?

The IoT community is more and more educated of the Sigfox technical limitations. The limitations focus on applications that can use the “uplink ONLY” and require the bare minimum transmissions. The most concrete application that is repeated at every Sgifox event is their “rat trap” and “buttons”.

Many have labeled Sigfox as potentially the gateway to IoT consumer devices and other low-end, cost-sensitive devices. It will be quite interesting to see how Sigfox’s aggressive network deployment gamble unfolds.