UnaBiz, Asia’s first IoT-dedicated network operator, has been awarded the license to operate an IoT network in Taiwan by the “National Communication Commission“ (NCC). As the first of its kind to receive an IoT network operator license from the NCC since Taiwan’s announcement of the use of the unlicensed spectrum, UnaBiz is on track to become a nationwide network operator in Taiwan.
As the world’s leading provider of a dedicated communications service for the Internet of Things, the Sigfox Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LPWAN) is currently present in 32 countries worldwide and target to reach 60 countries by 2018. The roll out of the commercial grade global network is in line with Taiwan’s “Asian Silicon Valley” initiative, a vision to transform Taiwan from an ICT specialist to an IoT specialist.
UnaBiz’s vision is to empower massive IoT in Asia. The network operator will actively engage and collaborate with industry partners, academic institutions and government agencies to help Taiwan address the global IoT market potential.
Mr Philippe Chiu, Managing Director and co-founder of UnaBiz shared, “This is a milestone for UnaBiz but also for Taiwan industry which henceforth can boldly step into the Sigfox global IoT market and ecosystem. I would also like to thank the early supporters of our vision for Taiwan and who kindly and efficiently made this possible, especially Legislator Karen Yu, Minister CK Lee and Mr Benoit Guidee, Director of the French Office in Taipei.”
In 2017, UnaBiz will focus on deploying the IoT network in the six main municipalities, namely Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung, effectively bringing Sigfox service coverage to more than 80% of the population in Taiwan. Not only will the deployment be in the metropolitan area but throughout the rural area of Taiwan, which brings significant benefits to the rural farmers, schools, businesses and local government including greater efficiencies and productivity. The LPWAN network will be extended and cover 95% of the population in Taiwan in 2018.
Along with the fast-paced deployment of the network across Taiwan, the local IoT ecosystem and stakeholders can already evaluate and start developing products and solutions using the royalties-free Sigfox technology. This happens at an excellent timing for Taiwan’s industry looking for transformation and new business opportunities, especially at a global scale.
The global IoT sensors market is expected to reach USD17.81 billion by 2020, and although Taiwan is big in semiconductor manufacturing (60% of global market), it only accounts for 15% of the global sensor manufacturing. Given the predominant impact of Taiwan in the conception, production and integration of smart sensors into electronic hardware in the global IoT market, Taiwan joining the Sigfox ecosystem represents a significant milestone.
Philippe Chiu notes, “To significantly build up the IoT industry, we need a sound ecosystem of highly-engaged players from semiconductors to device manufacturers and all the way up to cloud platforms. That is why, on top of providing Sigfox communication service, UnaBiz is also acting to catalyse IoT opportunities by establishing partnerships and providing keys to address the Sigfox global IoT market.”