Connexin to launch UK’s first nationwide IoT network

The launch from Connexin aims to support the development of national smart networks, and marks the first time that customers from all sectors will be able to access LoRaWAN connectivity and infrastructure.

Back in September, Connexin managed to raise £80 million in funding towards enhancing its smart infrastructure and end-to-end IoT deployment throughout the UK.

Currently, the network provider has regional LoRaWAN networks in place in East and South Yorkshire, following deployments in Sheffield with Amey and Yorkshire Water, Hull with Hull City Council, and the South Coast with Icosa Water.

While Hull City Council has been able to leverage the UK’s first purpose built Smart City Operating System, Amey was aided in implementing Connexin’s CityOS platform to improve highway maintenance services across Sheffield.

Leading on from this, a national expansion is now underway, providing organisations with the opportunity to bolster innovation by leveraging carrier-grade IoT infrastructure.

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“With a low cost wide-area networking solution becoming available to all organisations across the UK, it opens up opportunities for those looking to deploy IoT solutions for a fraction of the cost of existing cellular infrastructure solutions,” said Furqan Alamgir, CEO of Connexin.

“Not only does this promote the development of new IoT-based technology, but it allows existing solutions to be rolled-out nationwide to encourage further adoption and will allow more people to utilise and benefit from affordable, carrier-grade IoT connectivity.

“Regionally, we have seen our network used by a variety of sectors and individuals from entrepreneurs and innovation centres to the utility, private and public sectors, and have seen continued success with the likes of Amey in Sheffield and Yorkshire Water.

“These results have demonstrated the effectiveness of low powered networks across multiple use cases and we’re excited to be providing carrier-grade networks now across the entire UK.”

Donna Moore, CEO and chairwoman of the LoRa Alliance, commented: “I would like to congratulate Connexin on the milestone of rolling out a nationwide LoRaWAN network in the UK, as a result of numerous successful projects and use case demonstrations.

“This is a significant achievement for IoT in the UK that will open up tremendous business opportunity and deliver new service offerings that will improve the lives of customers in this market.

“As the leading IoT network technology, LoRaWAN has the most networks deployed and is the global de facto LPWAN standard. Connexin’s growth is a great example of how LoRaWAN users are able to achieve business success.”

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Aaron Hurst

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