Kyocera collaborates with Sigfox, launches subsidised IoT services in Japan

New Delhi [India], Apr. 5 (ANI): Kyocera Communication Systems Co. Ltd. (KCCS), a subsidiary of Kyocera Corporation, announced the launch of Internet of Things (IoT) network services in Japan, based on the Sigfox global IoT network.

The service is now available in Tokyo, Kawasaki City, Yokohama City and Osaka City and will be expanded to 36 other major cities by early 2018 and nationwide by 2020 with an annual sales target of JPY10 billion by FY2021.

The IoT market continues to grow worldwide with the number of connected devices estimated to reach around 53 billion by 2020. However, there continues to be barriers to mass adoption for use in locations with no electric power source, especially for applications such as sensors with extremely low data volumes.

In order to address these issues, KCCS is deploying the Sigfox LPWA (low power wide area) network which brings a breakthrough IoT solution with the lowest costs and longest battery life - two barriers to entry for many companies in Japan seeking to leverage mass IoT.

This partnership marks the first of the Sigfox network chain in the fast-growing Japanese market, which is the third largest IoT market in the world behind the U.S. and China.

KCCS has formed partnerships with around 70 companies from various fields including device makers and IoT service providers. (ANI)