Simple Hardware and Semtech/LORA and NB-IoT

Sometimes we get the question why we don’t do the simplePack with LoRa or NB-IoT.

There are 5 reasons for that:

  1. Focus
    • We believe that companies sometimes do products for all technologies but don’t understand that each technology has its specific place. These companies are also not able to leverage the unique advantages of each. We want to keep focus and concentrate on Sigfox. The radio technology that makes sense for the type of use cases we are targeting.
  2. Mass Scalability
    • In order to keep our prices as low as possible we need to produce hundreds of thousands of devices and we need to distribute worldwide. Nor Semtech/LoRa nor NB-IoT has the worldwide coverage as Sigfox does.
  3. Size
    • With the current needs of NB-IoT we would need to enlarge the simplePack by factor of four.
  4. Battery
    • With the energy profiles of LoRa and NB-IoT the device longevity would be cut in half.
  5. Cost
    • The device with NB-IoT would have to cost three times bigger.

Despite all of that if anyone orders 50.000 NB-IoT buttons with us and is ready to pay, we can reconsider 🙂
But we don’t think it will ever happen.

For a nice presentation about each of the technology see Sigfox Webinar on LPWA landscape: Differences between Sigfox, LoRa and NB-loT.