Do Wide Area Network Operators Need a New Business Model for IoT?

Do Wide Area Network Operators Need a New Business Model for IoT?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

In our fourth Meetup we have Luke D’Arcy, Director of SIGFOX USA presenting, “Do Wide Area Network Operators Need a New Business Model for IoT?” Come meet other business leaders in the IoT ecosystem and discuss the business issues you face in the Internet of Things.

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6:00: Doors open. Eat, drink and meet fellow members. 
6:30: Opening remarks and room introductions. 
6:45: Presentation 
7:15: Questions, answers and discussions 
8:00: Doors close

Presentation Abstract

A new breed of wide area networks, collectively called Long Range, Low
Power (LRLP) Networks, are starting to appear on the radar for IoT
device makers. LRLP networks have already been installed in several
European countries. Coverage will soon be available in parts of the

Proponents of LRLP networks claim that they offer a combination of
wide area coverage, low power and low cost that is ideal for the IoT.
But device makers already have mature technologies such as Bluetooth,
WiFi, Zigbee, and cellular at their disposal. Can it be possible for
any new network, particularly a wide area system that normally
requires expensive network infrastructure, to offer something new?

Luke D’Arcy, Director of SIGFOX USA, will provide insight into the
arguments for and against dedicated wide area networks for the IoT,
focusing on the following questions:

  • Are LRLP networks different enough to enable new business models
    for wide area network operators?
  • What business characteristics do these networks need to offer to be
    attractive compared to both cellular and short range wireless?
  • What new business opportunities can these networks enable for
    device makers and operators?

Luke’s Bio

Luke is working to build the SIGFOX network in the US. He brings more than 15 years experience in senior product marketing and business development roles at start up and established companies in the wireless technology, consulting and IoT sectors.