T-Mobile, SimpleCell to roll out Sigfox in Czech Republic

Thursday 10 September 2015 | 15:51 CET | News
T-Mobile Czech Republic and SimpleCell Networks are planning to cover the entire country with the Sigfox network for the Internet of Things, following a successful pilot. The results of the pilot of the Sigfox network, conducted from June to August, exceeded expectations. A minimum 350 base stations will be needed for nation-wide coverage by the end of 2016. In the first half of 2016, both partners intend to launch Sigfox in selected regions and start selling services that do not require full nation-wide coverage. 

During the pilot operation, T-Mobile and SimpleCell Networks tested the technological and practical possibilities of the Sigfox solution, particularly the quality of base-station coverage and transmission of the signal to buildings. The successful results of the tests exceeded expectations: they showed line-of-sight propagation at a very long distance (up to 120 kilometres), very good transmission of signal to buildings and high reliability of message delivery even under poor radio conditions where an area was covered by several base stations. Messages were usually delivered in one second. The pilot operation also proved high resistance to signal interference as well as seamless installation and activation of base stations. The tests involved the areas of security, logistics, utilities and smart cities. 

Sigfox is installed on standard mobile base stations and allows economical and energy-efficient transmission of small data volumes over long distances. This removes barriers to broad implementation of IoT and M2M services and significantly extends the battery life as well as the service life of connected devices. The global Sigfox network is being expanded by means of the Sigfox Network Operator partnership programme, which currently covers more than 1 million square kilometres. 

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