Sigfox and Kyocera Partner to Expand Sigfox Network to Japan

By Ken Briodagh November 10, 2016

Today, Sigfox, creator of a global IoT and M2M communication solution, and its partner Kyocera Communication Systems, have announced the nationwide roll-out of the Sigfox network in Japan - the world’s third largest IoT market.

The partnership is a strategic move to tap into this fast-growing market , and with key Japanese corporations investing heavily in the IoT sector, Japan will also be a major contributor to the global IoT ecosystem.

“We are proud to be entering a partnership with KCCS to enable the huge potential of Japanese corporations and society,” said Rodolphe Baronnet-Frugès, EVP, Networks and Operators, Sigfox. “I am confident that the Japanese solutions, powered by Sigfox, will meet the fourth industrial revolution challenge head-on.”

As Sigfox's network operator in Japan, Kyocera will deploy Sigfox's network nationwide and distribute the service to its customers. This move marks a key milestone of Sigfox's rapid expansion in the Asia Pacific region, following roll-outs in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan earlier this year. The roll-out in Japan will provide main territory coverage in 2018, initially starting in Tokyo in early 2017.

“I am delighted with our partnership with Sigfox, to deploy the Sigfox network in Japan,” said Yoshihito Kurose, President, KYOCERA Communication Systems. “There are already a number of Sigfox use cases in the global market that we can learn from. KYOCERA Communication Systems Co., Ltd., KCCS, will deploy the Sigfox network in Japan as well as create many applications and contribute to the global success of the Sigfox network.”

Global scalability, cost and energy consumption have been major barriers to IoT mass adoption, according to Sigfox, and so that company is rolling out its IoT network to listen to billions of objects broadcasting data, without the need to establish and maintain network connections.

Roswell Wolff, President, Sigfox Asia Pacific, said, “As the third largest IoT market in the world, Japan is strategic for Sigfox, both for its significance as a connected market in its own right, and as a key global contributor to the development of smart connected devices fuelling the growth of the internet of things worldwide.”

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Editorial Director

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