SqwidNet strikes a new connectivity deal for security and tracking use case, harnessing the power of the Sigfox 0G network and confirming the strong leadership of SqwidNet in the IoT space in South Africa.
In just a few years, SqwidNet has blanketed South Africa with the Sigfox 0G, covering more than 90% of the country’s population. 0G has been designed to improve decision-making through the remote visibility of assets, achieved by retrofitting low power sensors to them. There is no way to get something simpler, cheaper and more reliable when it comes to sending a few bytes of information.
In the security space, SqwidNet has demonstrated several times the relevance of 0G by signing significant deals with prominent companies, such as Altech Netstar, Discovery Insure and Fidelity ADT. This new signing is another cornerstone in that prospective. The deal provides this customer the ability to monitor and geolocate high-value assets and assets-in-transit, from factories and warehouses to dealerships and smaller premises.
SqwidNet has succeeded in making 0G a strong value proposition by offering a low-cost IoT connectivity option that is business-grade. Today, SqwidNet processes around 40 million messages a month, and this number is growing. The company has been educating industry, startups and students to understand how to create new opportunities based on the Sigfox 0G network. They have created, in South Africa, a solid ecosystem that is critical in successfully driving innovation through IoT into local companies.
“SqwidNet is honored in the faith that South African companies have shown in us and proud of the value they derive from 0G. We wake up every day to ensure that we live up to our promise: Providing a nationwide business-grade IoT network you can trust with your assets.” says Phathizwe Malinga, Managing Director at SqwidNet.
“SqwidNet has successfully nurtured a dynamic and collaborative ecosystem of partners in South Africa, making relevant, scalable and competitive IoT solutions available in the country” adds Nicolas Andrieu, Vice President MEA at Sigfox. “By achieving this, SqwidNet has become one the most successful 0G operator worldwide. Leveraging on this last win in the security segment, SqwidNet is well positioned to play an active role for the international expansion of those solutions“.
Sigfox is the initiator of the 0G network and the world’s leading IoT (Internet of Things) service provider. Its global network allows billions of devices to connect to the Internet, in a straightforward way, while consuming as little energy as possible. Sigfox’s unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption and global scalability.
Today, the network is available in 70+ countries, with 1 billion people covered. ISO 9001 certified and surrounded by a large ecosystem of partners and IoT key players, Sigfox empowers companies to move their business model towards more digital services, in key areas such as Asset Tracking and Supply Chain. Founded in 2010 by Ludovic Le Moan and Christophe Fourtet, the company is headquartered in France and has offices in Madrid, Munich, Boston, Dallas, San Jose, Dubai, Singapore, Sao Paulo and Tokyo.
SqwidNet has been in operation as the licensed Sigfox operator in South Africa since 2016. Our Internet of Things (IoT) network offers low-cost access to IoT solutions and operators in South Africa, creating opportunities for businesses small and large to create innovative solutions. Working closely with our ecosystem of channel partners, we drive innovation through IoT, empowering our partners to change lives using technology. We are a wholly-owned subsidiary of DFA, the premier open-access fiber connectivity provider.
Our IoT network covers over 90 percent of the population or 50.4 million people, and 90 percent of South Africa’s national roads, providing nationwide coverage for IoT allowing millions of sensors and devices to be connected. This, along with our growing partner network, enables us to provide strategic direction and advice on IoT solutions that solve business challenges and change lives.