In Brief:Sigfox to expand IoT network to 100 U.S. cities in 2016 

IoT network provider said it now has access to 230,000 sites across the country.
SigFox is extending its Internet of Things (IoT) network to 100 cities across the United States in 2016 after the France-based company signed up with owners of tower, rooftop and billboard sites.The company said the partnerships give it access to more than 230,000 sites and will enable it to better serve sectors such as logistics, smart cities and agriculture. The company is present in 18 countries and has registered over 7 million devices on its network. It recently entered the Middle East market for the first time after striking a partnership with Oman's incumbent operator Omantel, and is also now present in Latin America with a network deployment in Brazil.

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***Sweden’s Telia Company (formerly TeliaSonera) issued a statement to the stock market noting that Swedish prosecutors have closed an investigation regarding suspected bribery in Azerbaijan,where Telia operates via mobile operator Azercell. Following this decision,the sole ongoing Swedish investigation relating to Telia Company is the investigation regarding Uzbekistan:‘Telia Company is cooperating fully with the prosecutors and police in investigations regarding suspected bribery and has full confidence in the prosecutors and their work.’Telia Company is in the process of exiting all countries in its ‘Eurasia’ mobile division, including Azercell, with investment partner Turkcell moving to take full control of joint holding company Fintur;Telia Company’s Azercell stake has been rumoured to be valued at around USD430 million.

***Movistar Chile has unveiled plans to invest USD500 million in developing its fibre-optic broadband access network this year, to meet growing demand for data services. The operator says that it will transition into a ‘full video and internet company’ over the next three years and is expecting to connect around 900,000 customers to fibre-optic access networks by the end of 2019 – compared to its current figure of around 500,000 households.Explaining the company’s decision,the CEO noted that growth rates in the mobile sector are shrinking,whilst the rate of the expansion in the fixed sector is expanding,fuelled by demand for internet and video services,adding that since 2012,video content made up around two thirds of Movistar’s data traffic across all networks.

***Telenor Serbia will invest an additional EUR 40 million this year in network development,to enable 4G internet access for 50 percent of the population.According to the CEO ,the operator will this year have the highest overall investment in the network so far.He added that data throughput in 2015 was up by as much as 43 percent.This year marks the 10th anniversary of Telenor's business operations in Serbia, during which period it invested a total of EUR 2 billion, including more than EUR 445 million in the network infrastructure.