Accelerating Global Expansion, SIGFOX Targets Internet Of Things Network Rollout in Middle East and Africa

October 13, 2015

LABEGE, France – Oct. 13, 2015 – Building on its continued rapid growth in Europe and its network rollout in 10 major U.S. metropolitan areas, SIGFOX today announced its expansion in the Middle East and Africa (MEA). The world’s leading provider of dedicated cellular connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT) is opening an office in Dubai to manage its network rollout in the region.

“SIGFOX has always planned to build a dedicated Internet of Things network that covers the world and provides ubiquitous and seamless connectivity to billions of objects that will use the IoT,” said Xavier Drilhon, SIGFOX Deputy Chief Executive Officer. “The Middle East and Africa region is a logical next step in that strategy, and our business-development work in those countries has built a strong foundation for our continued rapid global expansion.”

Based in Dubai, the company’s MEA operations are headed by mobile-telecom industry veteran Thierry Siminger, President of SIGFOX Middle East & Africa. He has more than 20 years of experience in MEA mobile, machine-to-machine (M2M) and information technologies (IT) markets. He joins SIGFOX from Oberthur Technologies, a world leader in digital security solutions for the mobility space. Most recently, he was President of Oberthur’s Russia, Middle East and Africa (RMEA) unit, and Managing Director of telecom for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Earlier in his career, he was Managing Director for Gemplus (now GEMALTO) for the MEA region.

“There is very strong interest in implementing the benefits of the Internet of Things for applications such as security, asset tracking, smart cities and utility-service payments, and connecting MEA countries to a global network,” Siminger said. “SIGFOX is the only company in the world that can do that with low-cost, low-energy-use connectivity.”

Currently operating or being deployed in the U.S. and 10 European countries and registering over 5 million devices, SIGFOX’s network is the only IoT-dedicated connectivity solution commercially available that guarantees a high level of service and reliability. Its easily integrated solution enables years-to-decades of battery life for connected devices in all business and industry sectors.



SIGFOX is the world’s leading provider of dedicated cellular connectivity for Internet of Things and machine-to-machine communications. The company’s network complements existing high-bandwidth systems by providing economical, energy-efficient two-way transmission of small quantities of data over long distances, thus lowering barriers to wide implementation of IoT and M2M solutions, and greatly extending the battery and service life of connected devices. SIGFOX, currently deployed in nine countries, today covers 1 million square kilometres with a population of 165 million people. Five million devices already are registered in the network. Corporate headquarters are in Labège, France, and the company has offices in Paris, Boston, Dubai, Madrid and San Francisco.

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