Internet and independent data provider Liquid Telecom has planned to introduce IoT (Internet of Things) solutions in Kenya by entering into a partnership with Sigfox. As per the terms of the deal, Liquid Telecom and Sigfox will be jointly working towards bringing their four-point agenda of affordable health care, housing, security and manufacturing solutions to life, by making the most out of IoT technology.
According to Liquid Telecom, Kenya as a market has experienced a good amount of internet and mobile penetration, where device connectivity has improved considerably. They believe that since the market is in the primary stage, the introduction of IoT devices would be timely in order to boost connectivity across various sectors such as housing, health care, heavy industries, retail etc.
Liquid Telecom say that their alliance with Sigfox will allow them to connect sensors from various disciplines into Liquid Telecom’s fibre network. They also say that Liquid Telecom will leverage Sigfox’s Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) so that customers can use IoT devices wherever they want.
Speaking about the IoT rollout, Joel Muigai, Head of IoT Strategy at Liquid Telecom Kenya, commented:
We are building an LPWAN that will enable us to connect anything. This network will allow Kenyans to develop our own homemade solutions for the many unique socio-economic and business challenges we face. These and many more solutions can now be a reality in Kenya using this network.