The rollout of Thinxtra’s dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) network is now complete, with 94 per cent of the country’s population within coverage, according to the telecommunications services provider.
Thinxtra claims that every population centre throughout New Zealand now has comprehensive redundant Sigfox network coverage.
Now, Thinxtra is focusing on expanding out the Sigfox network in rural and remote areas by the end of the year, in a bid to support the country’s agriculture exporting activities to Australia and further afield.
The completion of the network comes nearly eight months after Thinxtra celebrated reaching the halfway mark of the rollout.
“The IoT has the potential to revolutionise these industries and turbocharge the contribution they make to New Zealand’s economy, and we are delighted to play our part in realising that potential.” Darren Robinson, head of global sales and marketing at cornerstone investor, Rakon, said at the time.
The Sigfox infrastructure was built by IoT network experts, Kordia, which is Thinxtra’s preferred network partner in New Zealand.
Although built by Kordia, the network is monitored by Thinxtra’s Network Operation Centre in a bid to provide a 99 per cent service level agreement (SLA) to the telecommunications services provider’s customers and partners.
According to Thinxtra, the Sigfox network is already underpinning commercially-deployed smart city and agriculture projects, including monitoring waste bins in Christchurch and monitoring speed and school signs in the North Island.
Indeed, Thinxtra said it is now fully operational to support local projects anywhere in New Zealand with the company’s 275 partners and solution makers in Australia and New Zealand, including Kordia and Datacom as major local partners.
It should be noted that Spark turned on its own new national low-power wide area (LPWAN) network on 26 March, just days before Thinxtra announced the completion of the Sigfox network.
Spark said at the time that its new LPWAN network, which is also aimed at serving the burgeoning IoT market, is available for commercial use in 60 per cent of the country’s populated areas.
Spark’s IoT network is currently providing coverage in Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton, Rotorua, Palmerston North, Shannon, Wellington, Nelson, Blenheim, Christchurch and Dunedin. Sites in Hastings and Invercargill will go live in the next few weeks.