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SIGFOX raises $115M to expand Internet of Things network globally

New funding will help accelerate SIGFOX’s worldwide network rollout in Europe, Asia and the U.S. with the support of leading telecom operators.

French startup SIGFOX, which has quickly become one of the world’s premier provider of cell networks dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT), announced that it has secured a record $115 million round of financing from strategic and financial investors in Europe, the U.S. and Asia.


Incorporated in 2009, SIGFOX has pioneered the Low-Power Wide-Area (LPWA) connectivity space and has become a reference player in IoT. The company builds low-energy, low-cost wireless networks to connect objects, such as electricity meters, smartwatches and appliances, providing the infrastructure that makes the IoT possible. And it couldn’t come at a better time either. In fact, analysts predict anywhere between 20 to 40 billion new smart devices to become embedded with sensors and microcontrollers to be Internet-enabled in the coming years.

“This funding will demonstrate that we can work with other partners to provide a network that will help us achieve our vision of a world with more connected devices,” Sigfox CEO Ludovic Le Moan told VentureBeat in a recent interview. “It was not easy when we started to raise this round because we didn’t know what the market would be like.”

According to Reutersthis is the third time since its inception that the startup has turned to investors to finance its growth, as it looks to rollout its network in 60 countries within the next five years. This strategic investment, which includes leading mobile network operators, clearly demonstrates how SIGFOX’s two-way low-throughput network complements existing high-bandwidth networks. The company sees a clear path towards unifying them into a single network, enabling always-efficient connectivity from both energy and throughput standpoints.

Following the deployment in France, Spain, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and soon the United States, SIGFOX will use this new equity round to accelerate its worldwide network rollout in Europe, Asia and the Americas with the support of international telecom operators like Telefonica, SK Telecom and NTT DOCOMO Ventures, as well as a leading financial sponsor and a number of industrial partners.


“This record $115 million round is a significant step in the development of our network’s coverage all around the world. The trust of our investors and the dynamism of SIGFOX’s team allow us to strengthen our position as the world leader in IoT communications,” explained Anne Lauvergeon, SIGFOX’s Chairman.

SIGFOX’s network technology is inexpensive, consumes little power and works over long distances. While they may be able to undercut mobile operators, who are counting on billions of connected objects to justify their investments in new cellular networks, the French startup tells the Wall Street Journal that it hopes to instead make telecommunications companies its allies.

“Since creating the LPWA space three years ago, SIGFOX has become the leading global solution for IoT connectivity,” added Le Moan. “This investment round recognizes those achievements and highlights the company’s potential to become the worldwide standard for small-message-based connectivity.”

This is certainly an exciting time for our friends at SIGFOX, who have been present in a number of our event booths over the last couple years. What’s more, the startup recently teamed with Atmel to name the ATA8520 device its first SIGFOX Ready-certified system-on-chip (SoC) solution. The combination of the new ATA8520 SoC and SIGFOX’s scalable, high-performance network offer industry-leading wireless performance and ultra-low power consumption in a cost-effective solution for wireless networking applications operating in the sub-GHz band.

Interested in learning more? Head over to the company’s official page here.

Atmel and SIGFOX team up on long-range IoT

French startup SIGFOX has announced that the Atmel ATA8520 device has become first SIGFOX Ready-certified system-on-chip (SoC) solution.


The combination of Atmel’s dedicated SIGFOX-certified IC with SIGFOX’s proprietary network enables low cost, long-range, low-power wireless connectivity for a wide array of IoT applications including environmental sensors, smart meters, patient monitors, security devices and street lights. Atmel’s new ATA8520 SoC and SIGFOX’s scalable, high-performance network offer industry-leading wireless performance and ultra-low power consumption in a cost-effective solution for wireless networking applications operating in the sub-GHz band.

The SIGFOX global IoT network operates in several European countries and is expected to begin deployment in the U.S. later this year. The network is designed exclusively for long range, small-message device communication. SIGFOX and Atmel drive IoT device cost, service cost and power consumption dramatically down compared to traditional cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity. This effectively eliminates existing cost barriers and battery service life constraints for connected device deployment which enables rapid IoT adoption in existing and new IoT market segments.


“As a leader in the microcontroller, security and IoT market, Atmel is committed to enabling IoT developers to bring their SIGFOX connected devices quickly to market with Atmel’s SIGFOX-certified and cost optimized solutions,” said Matthias Kaestner, Vice President of Atmel’s RF and Automotive business. “The new SIGFOX-certified Atmel ATA8520 SoC further strengthens our position as a leading supplier of wireless solutions for smart energy, connected home and other monitoring and control applications for the Internet of Things.”

The Atmel ATA8520 features the industry’s highest performance, lowest power sub-GHz SoC transceiver designed to maximize range and battery life for power-sensitive wireless systems. Offering frequency coverage from 315 to 915MHz, the ATA8520 transceivers offer industry-leading RF performance resulting in extended wireless range and compliance with the industry’s most stringent narrowband regulatory standards. In addition, the ATA8520 transceivers provide exceptional power efficiency resulting in fewer battery replacements and/or reduced battery size.

“SIGFOX works closely with providers of enabling technologies through our SIGFOX ReadyTM program to certify their devices and make it easy for customers to adopt IoT through our network,” said Stuart Lodge, SIGFOX Executive Vice President of Global Sales. “The continuing global roll-out of our network relies on the availability of world-class wireless ICs, and Atmel’s solution delivers the industry-leading RF performance, low-power consumption and low-cost operation that our customers require.”