Tele2 partnering with Aerea, the Netherlands’ exclusive SIGFOX network operator - Tele2

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Jan 22, 2015 8:00 AM CET

Tele2 partnering with Aerea, the Netherlands’ exclusive SIGFOX network operator

Stockholm – Tele2 AB, (Tele2), (NASDAQ OMX Stockholm: TEL2 A and TEL2 B) and the Dutch company Aerea today announced that they are entering into a Machine-to-Machine/Internet of Things (M2M/IoT) partnership in the Netherlands, thereby broadening their connectivity portfolios.

The partnership enables IoT services to also be provided over the low-cost, energy-efficient SIGFOX global network, which complements 2G/3G and 4G solutions. This solution eliminates cost and energy-use barriers to wide implementation of IoT solutions by providing small-message communication and greatly extending the battery and service life of connected devices.

Tele2 M2M Global Solutions has now added Aerea to its already significant partner eco-system. Aerea is the exclusive SIGFOX network operator for the Netherlands and already covers 85 percent of the country.

Other Tele2 M2M partners can benefit from this as they now have direct access to both SIGFOX and cellular M2M solutions, and their customers will benefit through the offering of integrated SIGFOX/cellular M2M connectivity solutions.

The combined strength of these technologies will also be very attractive to system integrators that develop broad end-to-end solutions, for example in infrastructure and smart city developments. The SIGFOX network has extremely low deployment and maintenance costs and is a global and open ecosystem out of the box. Moreover, the use of Ultra Narrow Band technology delivers a very high capacity compared to systems that rely on other types of radio communication.

Rami Avidan, Commercial Director M2M, Tele2 AB, comments: “The ability to offer this integrated solution puts us in an even stronger position in the Netherlands. Tele2 recognizes the SIGFOX technology to be complementary to cellular M2M connectivity solutions and we are proud to work together with Aerea and SIGFOX in the Netherlands. This new agreement gives me confidence in the Tele2 M2M partner strategy to develop real partnerships that offer added value to the IoT value chain, in collaboration with SIGFOX.”

Nicholas van Hoey Smith, CEO, Aerea, comments: “Through superior SIGFOX technology with an open ecosystem and aggressive pricing, this partnership will enable us to meet the needs of the rapidly growing Dutch M2M and IoT markets. With Tele2, we have partnered to cover the segment that is in need of higher bandwidth requirements.”

For more information, please contact:

Lars Torstensson, EVP Corporate Communication and Strategy, Tele2 AB, Phone: +46 702 73 48 79.
Viktor Wallström, Head of Public Relations, Tele2 AB, Phone: +46 703 63 53 27.

TELE2 IS ONE OF EUROPE'S FASTEST GROWING TELECOM OPERATORS, ALWAYS PROVIDING CUSTOMERS WITH WHAT THEY NEED FOR LESS. We have 14 million customers in 9 countries. Tele2 offers mobile services, fixed broadband and telephony, data network services and content services. Ever since Jan Stenbeck founded the company in 1993, it has been a tough challenger to the former government monopolies and other established providers. Tele2 has been listed on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm since 1996. In 2013, we had net sales of SEK 30 billion and reported an operating profit (EBITDA) of SEK 6 billion.

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