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  • Writer's pictureJumoke Akinwa

IoT Africa, Sigfox seal partnership deal

Leaders in internet of things (IoT) in Africa, IoT Africa Networks Limited and IoT service provider, Sigfox yesterday signed a partnership deal that makes IoT Africa as the official Sigfox Operator (SO) in Nigeria.

CEO IoT Africa, Mr Lare Ayoola, said the firm is the exclusive partner of Sigfox France in Nigeria, meaning that it will build the low power wide area network, and allow connectivity of Sigfox compliant devices to connect on the network.

“The relationship is one of over 65 relationships in the world. Over 65 countries today have Sigfox technology running in their IoT. Nigeria is one of the 65 countries. IoT Africa is the Sigfox operator for Nigeria.

“Our responsibility is to build the network, operate, maintain, support and build the channel partners who will sell connectivity to the network”.

Our job also – for now until our channel partners take over – is to provide sufficient devices and solutions, software platforms, dashboards and other components of the IoT ecosystem to be able to supply the customers with a complete solution. Our job is also to provide our partners with technical support, websites that feed, marketing training and marketing support and ensure customer service is first class.

“With IoT Africa as a Sigfox operator in Nigeria, I think the Nigerian economy should expect a substantial boost. The provision of IoT services and solutions in Nigeria enables improved productivity, minimises waste, maximises loss, makes decision making much faster by providing a massive amount of data that can be analysed and presented for decision-makers,” Ayoola said.

The demand for dedicated IoT networks is growing worldwide and most importantly here in Nigeria and considering billions of connected devices, the timing of the network deployment is highly significant. IoT Africa is currently deploying the Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN), which will provide a national infrastructure to facilitate the growth and penetration of IoT and Industrial IoT in Nigeria.

In addition to its network expansion and IoT service offerings, IoT Africa has collaborated with some of the best in the IoT sector. With the help of our partners, we have the right solution for every challenge. Some of our device makers are Connected Finlad, OleumTech, CleverFarm, and so on.

IoT Africa is aiming to offer a wide range of high-quality connected products such as utility meters, gas sensors, health watches, smart ID, smoke detectors, container trackers and street lighting solutions. IoT Africa is targeting high-volume industries that will use these connected products the most such as utilities & energy, oil and gas, smart cities, smart real estate, smart facilities, smart agriculture and smart logistics.

“Our vision is to have a world where all assets are visible and well managed through the use of innovative, cutting edge IoT technology provided by IoT Africa Networks. We are very excited about the partnership and even more excited to help improve Nigeria through IoT,” he added.

Launched in 2019, IoT Africa’s mission is and has been to enable and power the IoT in Africa through the provision of affordable and reliable IoT network connectivity and solutions, and to empower homes and industries to have full visibility and control of their assets’, this right here is worth looking forward to.

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