LABEGE, France and KYOTO, Japan --- Sigfox, and its partner KYOCERA Communication Systems Co., Ltd. (KCCS) announce 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 which represents 6% of global revenue that is set to reach no less than 3 trillion USD by 2025. With key Japanese corporations investing heavily in the IoT sector, Japan will also be a major contributor to the global IoT ecosystem.
As Sigfox's network operator in Japan, KCCS, a subsidiary of Kyocera Corporation - a leading global supplier of printers, copiers, mobile phones, solar power generating systems, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics - will deploy Sigfox's network nationwide and distribute the service to its customers.
Sigfox connectivity service now spans across 25 countries. This move marks another 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 of the Sigfox network in Japan will provide main territory coverage in 2018, initially starting in Tokyo in early 2017.
KCCS will target applications across all vertical markets, with a particular focus on public utility, infrastructure, healthcare, logistics, agriculture and manufacturing industries.
Global scalability, cost and energy consumption have been the three greatest barriers to IoT mass adoption. Sigfox entered the global IoT market to break down these barriers. Rather than using existing technologies, Sigfox has taken a unique approach. The company is rolling out the first global IoT network to listen to billions of objects broadcasting data, without the need to establish and maintain network connections. This game-changing shift, that drastically reduce energy consumption and costs, will fuel the IoT mass market deployment.