Liquid Telecom to roll out Sigfox IoT network across Kenya
Liquid Telecom Kenya has today announced plans to roll out the Internet of Things (IoT) network across Kenya. The company has partnered with IoT service provider Sigfox to deploy the network that will cover up to 85% of the Kenyan population.
The new base stations will be connected to Liquid Telecom's fibre network, to deliver guaranteed reliability and speed. IoT network according to Liquid Telecom will be used to connect sensors across all sectors. They include agriculture and fishing, transport and logistics, utilities and energy, heavy industries, retail, and banking and insurance. It will also be used for smart cities projects and in wildlife conservation.
“We are building a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) that will enable us to connect literally anything. Be it your car, dustbin, desk, soil, water, parking spot, water tank, street light, manhole, fridge or pet - just name it,” said Joel Muigai, Head of IoT Strategy at Liquid Telecom Kenya. “This network will allow Kenyans to develop our own homemade solutions for the many unique socio-economic and business challenges we face.”
The introduction of a Sigfox LPWAN is the first in the region, allowing users to use IoT technology wherever they are. It also positions the country to apply cost-effective local solutions using IoT.
The new network runs on the free ISM band 868MHz and will cost Kenyans as little as Sh100 ($1) per year per device or sensor, depending on usage. Previously, communication with any internet enabled gadget depended on Wi-Fi or GSM networks that require data bundles, local network signal coverage, and a power supply.
“This new network puts startups and established operational businesses in a better position to develop devices and solutions that create new business opportunities and improve productivity. The early adopter applications are likely to be smart cities, farming, logistics and transport, and utility metering,” said Adil El Youseffi, CEO at Liquid Telecom Kenya.
“Our company brings a technology that will revolutionalize the next generation of affordable IoT solutions and transform Kenya’s telecommunication infrastructure and reach,” Nicolas Andrieu, Sigfox Vice President, Middle East and Africa added.